Posted by Pieter L on February 08, 2002
Fascinating forum; found it whilst trying to find the origin for the term pig in a poke and thanks for the more than ample descriptions. I have been browsing through the forum and find it totally absorbing. Always was inquisitive for origins of words.
One field that has also generated many terms at least for us here in North America is the railroad. Side-tracked, "throw in the coals Charlie" meaning to speed up, derailed are but a few.