In Reply to: Ot of the question posted by c.e. balis on June 12, 2009 at 12:13:
: What is the origin of the expression: "out of the question"?
When we say that something is "in question", that means it is up for discussion. If something is irrelevant to the subject in hand, or so undesirable that it isn't worth discussing, it is "out of the question". There is a direct equivalent in German: "kommt nicht in Frage". (VSD)