Posted by ESC on March 06, 2003
I bought a new-to-me magazine today and it's full of phrases. Imagine my surprise. Here's one that we've mulled over before:
PUT YOUR FOOT IN YOUR MOUTH - "Irish Parliamentarian Sir Boyle Roche was sort of the 18th century equivalent to (former U.S. Vice President) Dan Quayle. Roche once said, 'Half the lies our opponents tell about me are not true!' Someone with a much firmer grasp of the English language remarked of Roche, 'Every time he opens his mouth, he puts his foot in it,' and a phrase was born." From "Mental_Floss" magazine, Vol. 2, Issue 2 (Mental Floss, LLC, Mt. Morris, Il., 2003).
Does anyone have another origin, or do we have a winner?