As I was doing research the other day, a phrase caught my eye... like a bat out of hell. It made me wonder about the origin of phrases I use.
Bat Out of Hell
(from Urban Dictionary)
to flee recklessly fast
"Bats have been associated with witches and the occult, and therefore thought to originate in the bowels of hell, (and) they fly quickly as if in panic..."
I Don't Give Two Flying Shits
don't care at all
I had a hard time finding the saying with the flying in there, although that's the way I always heard it in the South. Although I found this definition from Uncyclopedia one of the bests: Two Shits is a measurement, standardized under the SI system of measurements, used as a yardstick to determine how much one cares.
Why two, why not just one? I would think not giving one would be expressive enough. Stumped on this one.
But as I was looking for definitions, I happened upon this great site (at least for a word nerd like me): Some Old Sayings Explained.
A few of my favorites from perusing that site (the definitions below are all from there)...
Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve
making your feelings obvious
In the Middle Ages knights who fought at tournaments wore a token of their lady on their sleeves.
Through Thick & Thin
being devoted through anything
This old saying was once 'through thicket and thin wood'. It meant making your way through a dense wood and through one where trees grew more thinly.
Go To Pot
Any farm animal that had outlived its usefulness such as a hen that no longer laid eggs would literally go to pot. It was cooked and eaten.
One more I could not find the origin of, one from my dad...
"You might want horns, but you're going to die butt-headed."
Any sayings you've always wondered about?