Posted by Quiss on January 04, 2002
I have wondered about the possibility that "between a rock and a hard place" is simply an Americanization of being caught "between Scylla and Charybdis". (undoubtedly easier to spell and remember).
Since Scylla lives on a rock, the "hard" might actually stand for "difficult" or "dangerous", such as the whirlpool (Charybdis) on the other side of the ship.
Any thoughts on this?