We believe that the occasional use of the unexpected and the surprising in your presentation is a terrific way to strengthen your connection with your audience. Unraveling the original meaning of idioms, expressions and the slang phrases we use everyday is funny and unexpected. This is why we use idioms in our presentations and encourage you to do the same.

Many original meanings are lost to time and their use today has evolved into something very different. The original meaning is often impossible to guess and when revealed is a surprising “aha” moment. Can you guess the meaning of these common idioms?

If you say that someone or something thing is as mad as a hatter, what are you really implying? 









If you ask if the cat’s got your tongue, what was the original meaning of this expression? (You’ll never guess!)






And how about bury the hatchet? A dated idea today, but originally it literally meant to dig a hole and put a hatchet in it. But to whom and why? 






So enjoy with us as we explore the unexpected twists and turns of our relationship with language, expressions and our human history. Please feel free to use our ideas in any way that strengthens your own presentation.