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Talk the hind leg off a dog

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.

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: : 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.