Posted by Gary Martin on March 17, 2011 at 08:28
In Reply to: Mad as a hatter posted by Mark ellerby on March 17, 2011 at 08:19:
: Are the phrases mad as a hatter and mad as a march hare still used today. Would someone reading Lewis Caroll need to have the origins of these phrases explained?
Google says yes - and no. See http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/graph?content=mad+as+a+hatter%2Cmad+as+a+march+hare&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=0&smoothing=3