The Curious Meaning and Origin of the Phrase ‘Mad as a Hatter’

 

By Dr Oliver Tearle

Here’s a quiz question for you. Who was the first high-profile writer to use the phrase ‘mad as a hatter’? How about we narrow it down a little more, and ask: which high-profile Victorian writer first used the phrase ‘mad as a hatter’? Continue reading “The Curious Meaning and Origin of the Phrase ‘Mad as a Hatter’”

‘Man is Born Free, and Everywhere He is in Chains’: Meaning and Origin

 

By Dr Oliver Tearle

‘Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.’ Who said, or wrote, this well-known sentence? Karl Marx? Vladimir Lenin?

Not either of those political figures, but someone who lived quite a long time before either of them. Continue reading “‘Man is Born Free, and Everywhere He is in Chains’: Meaning and Origin”