Origins of idioms, metaphors, sayings and other cathphrases


I was thiking that it would be a cool idea for those of us with spare time on our hands to use the net to research idioms and discuss some of our favorite metaphors and catchphrases. I was listening to a comedian the other day on the radio. I don’t remember the whole joke, but towards the end he said, “I don’t think you’ll see more white trash in a dumpster behind a paperplate factory”. He was describing something that went down a swap meeting or something. But I thought that was funny as hell.

Anywho, post up things you’ve always wondered about and maybe the other members of the board will join in and help me research them. I just pretty much sit in front of a computer all day and glaze over with nothing to do, so I might as well get some use out of my time.

Does anyone here know why “kick the bucket” is used to describe someone dying?