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Re: Scared out of my wits

Posted by ESC on September 30, 2010 at 19:59

In Reply to: Scared out of my wits posted by Henry McLaughlin on September 30, 2010 at 15:09:

: What are the origins of the phrase "scared out of my wits"?

Meaning, of course, too scared to think clearly. I am wondering if it has anything to do with the belief that in times of stress, a person's soul leaves the body. As in, being "beside yourself."