Posted by El Heffe on October 31, 2003
In Reply to: Talk the hind leg off a dog posted by James Briggs on October 27, 2003
: : : : OK, I know what you're thinking, this sounds like me. And it is - he he! Still, I'd like to know how it came about. The connection between talking endlessly and the leg coming off an iron pot escapes me. Any ideas?
: : : We (Ky., W.Va.) say: Talk the hind leg off a dog.
: : OK, well that's equally strange really. What's the connection between the removal of limbs or legs and talking too much?
: In the UK it's not a 'dog', but a 'donkey'. This still doesn't explain the origin!
This is simply a guess but what if it has to with With being stuck there so long listening that the listener gets old (dies- in the case of the living)and starts to decay.