Where Did THAT Expression Come From?

Where Did THAT Expression Come From?

Have you ever heard someone say a phrase and wondered how it originated? Why do we say, for example, ”Letting the cat out of the bag?” Here are some popular expressions and their probable origins.

Holy Toledo: If you have ever been to Toledo, Ohio, you may have noticed while it has its share of churches, there isn’t anything particularly “holy” about it. So where did this expression come from? It is believed it originated because of Toledo, Spain’s position as a Christian religious center and the number of great churches built in the city. This saying has nothing to do with Toledo, Ohio.

Shedding Crocodile Tears: One who appears to be insincere about demonstrating sorrow is said to shed crocodile tears. This is from an old, and inaccurate belief that when crocodiles ate, tears would form in their eyes. This included when eating human victims. Thus, crocodile tears may look sincere, but are not. The fact is crocodiles don’t even shed crocodile tears.

Jaywalking: This term comes from how jay birds would act when flying into major cities. They would be confused by the tall buildings, traffic and large number of people. These birds would often be seen acting erratically in busy cities, seemingly to be directionless. This became the name for people walking across traffic where no crosswalk was present, acting like these distracted avian.

Sleep Tight”: Old mattresses were often held together by ropes that kept them tight and comfortable. Keeping those ropes tight then, led to a better night’s sleep, leading to this expression often said when someone is going to bed.

Beat Around the Bush”: This generally refers to discussing a topic without addressing it directly. It is said the expression comes from trying to scare birds and animals out of bushes, so they could be caught more easily. Thus beating around the bushes helped the final goal without getting to it directly. One would need to beat around the bush as a way to get to the birds or game which was the mission in the first place.

By the way, “Letting the cat out of the bag” is associated with disclosing a secret because merchants selling piglets would often put them in sacks after selling them. When a customer wasn’t looking, merchants would sometimes replace the more valuable piglet with a cat. The buyer, of course, wouldn’t know this until arriving home and “letting the cat out of the bag.”

Some say our insurance coverage is the ”cat’s meow” and “fit for a king” See how we may be able to save you on life, homeowners, automobile and business insurance. Contact us for your free quote. We look forward to assisting you.


Do you have questions about your insurance? Find an insurance agent near you with our Agent Finder

Buzz Your
Insurance Agent

Search for a local agent with our agent finder map.

Agent Finder

Search All Blogs

Search
Generic filters
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in excerpt

Buzz Your
Insurance Agent

Search for a local agent with our agent finder map.

Agent Finder

Want to learn more about our blog writer?

Read more about KayLynn's background.

Click Here

Search All Blogs

Search
Generic filters
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Search in excerpt

A Blog About Blogs: Blogging’s Most Popular Topics

What Do You Choose to Read About?

Retail Sales Through the Years

From a Family Trip Downtown to Picking up Your Smartphone

Using Your Smartphone to Enhance Your Life

Get More From Your Smartphone with These Life Enhancing Ideas

What You May Not Know About Electric Vehicles

If You Haven’t Been Keeping Up, Electric Cars Are Coming Into Their Own

What You Should Know About College Living Spaces

There are More Off-Campus Living Choices Than Ever

Things You May Not Know About Radio

You May Listen Almost Every Day and Still Not Know These

The Dramatically Changing Workplace

It Seems to Have Happened So Fast, Didn’t It?

Life’s Important Numbers

Not Including Your IQ, These Numbers Could Impact Your Life Most

Want an SUV? Could It Be a Porsche?

You Can Still Get a Porsche Even if You Are Committed to an SUV

Five Surprisingly Easy Home DIY Projects

Try These Confidence-Building DIY Projects