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Is It Really That Cold?

January 1, 2018 Leave a comment

Have you ever repeated a saying you’ve heard before to fit a circumstance perfectly and have no clue where that saying came from or know exactly what it means? I’ve done it for no other reason than it fits the occasion, and I’m guessing you have too. It was -1 degree this morning here in Batesville, Indiana and that did not include the wind chill. That’s cold; colder than a witch’s [bosom]; colder than a well digger’s [rump]. You get the idea… In your mind’s eye you can probably make the connection and justify how cold both scenarios may be, and you never really need any more proof of origin or scholastic validation for either saying. But…there are other phrases that really do have an origin in fact worth noting. This is a short story of a chilly education of my own that reveals a slice of actual history behind one such saying. Read more…

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