Friday, January 21, 2011

Everyday Expressions

Surprising Origins

Why do we "fly by the seat of our pants" when we're "winging it?"

Or why would something annoying "get your goat" as opposed to any other kind of farm animal?

Harry Oliver has researched hundreds of the quirky phrases we use in everyday life, and found out the history and stories behind each one. His recently published UK paperback: Flying by the Seat of Your Pants makes the connections between little known history and widely used, but not completely understood, parts of common language.
Why We Say It That Way
Audio Embed: PRI & WNYC's program The Takeaway 1/10/11,
Hosts: Celeste Headlee & John Hockenberry.

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