Re: OFF-TOPIC: resource for sayings

Subject: Re: OFF-TOPIC: resource for sayings
From: "neha ." <snehasn -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2001 19:00:39 -0000

Mike,
Thanks for putting the question out there - it's a fun one!

Try http://members.aol.com/MorelandC/Phrases.htm. Click on the Phrases with Origins link in the left panel. The following origin for "Straight from the horse's mouth" pops up:

*Meaning: Directly from the source.
Example: If you want the real story you have to get it straight from the horses mouth.
Origin: This is a boast of confidence from a racetrack tipster, who says he gets his information from the horses themselves?thereby assuring the bettor that the info is the correct.
Thanks to Jim Hubbell

Alternatively,

A horse trader would bend the ear of a prospective buyer with all kinds of talk about the animal, but for a clear measure of its worth, one can simply look in the animal's mouth. You can tell a great deal about a horse from its mouth. Age, nutrition, general health of the horse, and if it had been over reined.

If a horse is unruly you have to rein it in a lot, and this shows in the horse's mouth.

Thanks to Gregory Pius, Radar, and J. Gold

See the related phrases Long in the Tooth and Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.*

-Neha.



From: Mike <techmail_mike -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Reply-To: Mike <techmail_mike -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Subject: OFF-TOPIC: resource for sayings
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2001 09:45:25 -0800 (PST)

One of my dept. heads is giving a speech soon, and he
wants me to find the origin of the following:

"Straight from the horse's mouth"

"As a rule of thumb"

Anyone have a good resource on the Net for the origin
of some of these sayings?

TIA,
Mike
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