Out on a limb


Time to put your learning hat on!  Let’s find out where some of those famous phrases and clichés originated from.

Beginning the second monthly feature culled from my old newsletter days.  Sure, it’s a time saver, basically giving me the creative “day off” as I plagiarise myself, but it also is a needed break as I gain more momentum on Book 2, so it’s a win-win.


Out on a Limb   




 Three sheets to the wind  – from the 1800’s, the “sheet” refers to a rope on a sailboat.  Having one loose (blowing in the wind) is considered bad seamanship.  So, having three loose…well, you can understand now why it refers to a person seriously drunk!


Balls to the wall – get your head out of that gutter!  This phrase actually comes from pilots in the 1950’s.  The tops of the handles for their throttles were round, ball-shaped and called (wait for it) balls.  Pushing them forwards to the front wall of the cockpit caused the highest and richest mixture of fuel going to the engines.   The result was the planes flying at full speed.


Sweat like a pig – It’s impossible!  Pigs are unable to sweat, that’s why they’ll wallow in mud holes (unless a really nice jacuzzi is nearby) to stay cool.  The only plausible thought on this phrase is that pigs are assumed to be unclean and dirty (the aforementioned mud), similar to the way many of us look after a particularly long run in the Florida summer sun.


Tomorrow, it’s back to our random, pointless, themeless posts.  Not necessarily the same time, but definitely the same channel!

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