the Wall- Contrary to popular belief, the origin of this
term has nothing to do with testicles! This saying came out
during the early days of fighter planes, where ball-shaped knobs on top
of throttles were commonly used. To push the throttle all the way
towards the wall of the cockpit was to apply full throttle.
Putting the "balls to the wall" is to do the extreme; to go the
ultimate! Still, it's a colorful saying that wouldn't be
well-received at formal dinner parties or figure-skating
tournaments. It might ring true in professional wrestling
Whenever we hear this expression it refers to someone who seems to talk
endlessly. Where does it come from? Our word "gab" is
similar to many words in other languages. "Gab" is an old
Scottish word for "mouth". The word "gabba" in old Norse meant to
mock (tease). The French word "gabor" means to boast (brag) and
the Anglo-Saxon word "gabran" refers to rambling. One thing that
all these words have in common is that they have something to do with
talking! Next time someone tells you that you have the gift of
gab, you can proudly say you're multi-lingual!
Go Whole Hog-
This expression started in 18th Century England. At this time,
the English shilling was referred to as a "hog". When someone was
in a spending mood, and willing to spend an entire shilling on
something as frivolous as entertaining a friend in a pub, this person
was willing to "go whole hog".
This is an English shilling
from 1745, referred to at the time as a "hog".
High on the
Hog- This saying
originated among enlisted American Army
men who received shoulder and leg pork cuts while officers received the
top loin cuts. When we say someone is living "High on the hog" we
mean to say that that person has the best of everything...and we
usually don't think anything about him/her having a lot of good pork.