Sunday, February 15, 2009

In the Lair of the White Elephant



david silver said...

nice! i like the shock and awe on some of the people's faces when they discover their presents.

Jerry Carroll said...

Am I talking through my hat or do some of your guests look awfully bored?

....J.Michael Robertson said...

Their faces are tense with anticipation.

Jerome said...

More like 'anticipatory tension', no? And will someone look up where "talking through one's hat" comes from. Always wondered.

....J.Michael Robertson said...

Best I can do with a quick Google:

"To talk through one's hat" was apparently a widespread idiom by the late 1880s meaning "to talk nonsense," although it initially seems to have carried the added connotation of "to lie." The precise logic and origins of the phrase are unclear. One theory, perhaps reflecting the earlier "to lie" meaning, maintains that the phrase refers to men in church who hold their hats over their faces while feigning prayer. Another possibility is that the phrase refers to the emptiness of the hat atop one's head, as if one were thinking and speaking with an empty head. It's also possible that "talk through one's hat" is an oblique reference to another phrase, "to talk off the top of one's head," meaning to speak speculatively, without thorough consideration."
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- possibly a euphemism for "talk through one's arse"? (sorry if that's too rude a word to use in this respectable forum)