Out on a Limb
This month’s installment is for those who have been bad. Not you, of course, I must be talking about someone you know…
Called on the carpet – In military parlance, called on the carpet refers to having to present oneself to a superior officer, report at attention and receive a disciplining for some offense. Although no longer true, there was a time when only the top officers had carpet in their offices. Hence the carpet call could only be in the office of a senior officer.
Writing on the wall – From the Book of Daniel in the Bible’s Old Testament. Belshazzar, the king of Israel, had stolen from the temple in Jerusalem. At a party where wine was being consumed, the fingers of a man’s hand appeared and wrote on the wall. The interpretation of the writing was that the King’s days were numbered. He had been weighed on the scales and found deficient and his kingdom was divided and given to the Medes and Persians. That same night, Belshazzar was killed.
Busting your chops – At the turn of the century (the last one, not this one), wearing very long sideburns — called mutton chops or lamb chops — was en vogue. Lamb chop side burns also made a comeback in the late 1960s. A bust in the chops was to get hit in the face. Since mutton chops are no longer condsidered high fashion, the term has become more figurative than literal.
Gosh, wasn’t that educational? Missed the previous classes? Here’s a handy guide:
Clothing makes the man – http://jeffreymdaniels.com/blog/?p=1413
For the birds – http://jeffreymdaniels.com/blog/?p=1349
Dangerous words – http://jeffreymdaniels.com/blog/?p=1240
Animals and their skins – http://jeffreymdaniels.com/blog/?p=1135
A hodge-podge of stuff – http://jeffreymdaniels.com/blog/?p=1063