Posted by RRC on June 04, 2006
In Reply to: "A sack of lies" posted by ESC on June 04, 2006
: : : What is the origin of the phrase "a sack of lies"?
: : It's not a common phrase (a Google search found only 133 uses) nor a particularly novel way to phrase a common thought. It's gained a bit of prominence lately, as Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, a "powerful figure in the Vatican on matters of Church doctrine," denounced the DaVinci Code, a work of fiction, as a "sack of lies." Duh. Other uses include a variety of other hotheads denouncing propaganda they don't agree with.
: "Pack of lies" I have heard.
"Pack of lies" is the standard idiom. 452,000 Google hits -- 1650 just from being listed as part of the lyrics of Phil Collin's "In the Air Tonight" (^_-)