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’”

‘To Every Thing There Is a Season’: Meaning and Origin

 

By Dr Oliver Tearle

‘To every thing there is a season’ is a famous Biblical quotation. It is found in the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament. This short book is actually chock-full of oft-quoted lines: the phrases ‘nothing new under the sun’, ‘the sun also rises’, ‘eat, drink and be merry’, and ‘vanity of vanities’ also originate in Ecclesiastes. Continue reading “‘To Every Thing There Is a Season’: Meaning and Origin”