The Crazy English Language

Idioms – Sensible Nonsense

What in Sam Hill? We all know what it means, but where did the saying originate?

Idioms, to make a long story short, are actually sensible nonsense, yet hit the nail on the head in a New York minute. We know what these phrases mean; we all use them. But where do these funny and nonsensical statements come from? Since when can you know the ropes, knock on wood, wag the dog, hold your horses, or go the whole nine yards and still know that you didn’t bite off more than you could chew.

In my story, An Abduction Revelation, I used many idioms that we use in our every day conversations. I added an appendix at the end of the book to explain their meanings and how they originated. I get down to the nitty gritty and make them as clear as a bell. Now you may think I am two sheets to the wind, got up on the wrong side of the bed, pulling your leg, or joshing you, but dadburn it, I am actually on cloud nine and in seventh heaven. For crying out loud, put a bug in your ear and grasp a straw, before I kick the bucket, or bite the dust, and be deader than a door nail. It might behoove you to give it a shot and smell the roses, before the fat lady sings, cause I can’t spill the beans in a blog. Yes siree Bob!

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