2.12.2007

Mom-ism

My mom just used the term "Hell Bent For Leather" to describe a woman at her poker table over the weekend. Ever heard of it? Me neither. This site defines it as the following:

Of the two sayings, “hell bent,” meaning “recklessly determined,” is the more common today, and has been popular since the early 19th century, describing someone who is prepared to go “to the gates of hell” in pursuit of a goal. “Hell for leather,” on the other hand, means specifically “riding (a horse) very fast and recklessly,” and is rarely heard today. The first recorded use of “hell for leather,” by the way, was in a story written in 1889 by Rudyard Kipling, who probably either invented the phrase or picked it up from British Army troops in India. Just what the “leather” in the phrase means is uncertain -- it may refer to a leather crop used to spur the horse, or it may refer to the wear and tear inflicted on the saddle by strenuous riding.

She drops these pearls of wisdom every now and then but really that saying came about in the late 1800s. Who talks like that??? I'll try to post these as they come up so that you too can use random sayings that no one will understand. Sure beats a word of the day!

3 comments:

Sassy One said...

And I will use these nuggets of information you pass on. Just you watch.

Jessica said...

My mom never says anything cool like that . . . my friend Terri does use the phrase "rip snorter" when describing her niece, though . . .

Shora said...

I love that Sass was true to her word! lol. My mum says English stuff like "don't be cheeky!" and "don't say 'what' say 'pardon'". I can safely say "hell bent for leather" is not in her vocabulary.