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Re: Mad as a hatter

Posted by Mark Ellerby on March 17, 2011 at 09:25

In Reply to: Re: Mad as a hatter posted by Gary Martin on March 17, 2011 at 08:28:

The phrase mad as a hatter seems today to have a rather arcane feeling to it, yet it is widely used: do you think I got this wrong?


: : 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