Morton Fox (mortonfox) wrote,
Morton Fox

Writer's Block: Idiomatic Confusion

Whether it's a canary in the coal mine or a waitress in the weeds, idiomatic expressions can sometimes stump us even in our own language. What common expression puzzles you the most?

"Off the wagon" / "On the wagon"

What do wagons have to do with alcoholism? Well, I didn't know the origin of that expression until I did a web search just now. There's also an episode of Seinfeld about the phrase.
Tags: writer's block

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