Two choicest Idioms – Butter Up & As Mad As A Hatter

IT’S GOOD TO KNOW WHERE OUR WORDS COME FROM!

Stephen Liddell

A few weeks ago my new book, Straight From The Horse’s Mouth was released in Paperback and Kindle formats and I have been waiting for it to work its way through onto Apple iBooks.   As it is now live, I thought I would post up two of the 101 idioms that make up Straight From The Horse’s Mouth.

The Idioms that we use every day reveal a rich heritage and history that lies just beneath the surface of the English language.    Some though have numerous origins that could very well leave one barking up the wrong tree!

Butter up.

Meaning: To lavish excessive praise on someone in order to make them more agreeable to a request.

Origin:  There are two possible origins for this commonly used phrase.  The most obvious one is the habit of making bread more attractive and palatable to eat by spreading butter on it. …

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About Jonathan Caswell

Poet, author, servant of God the Heavenly father and the Lord Jesus Christ...working out his salvation with fear and trembling. - Not trusting in his own deeds, but depending totally upon the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ to be, by God's reckoning, a new creature, clothed in Christ's righteousness...which mortal humankind can never attain by their own weak efforts, apart from faith in Christ's work on our behalf. - College-educated, yet wise enough to see that what a man does will not be his ultimate identity nor affect how God sees him or her. - Called by God to do a very difficult thing...apart from God's grace, mercy and strength...to love the sinner (which we all--by nature--are) but hate the sin, which is only paid through Christ, God's Son, - My own God-given gift is that of being a Poet..showing that in all parts of life...God has a loving part in it...as hard as that is to always understand or perceive...given life's realities! Come join me on my journey of discovery?.

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