Umbles, from Middle English, comes from Old French nombles meaning loin. In the 18th and 19th century mercury was used in felting – and hat making; the madness of hat makers was the result of mercury poisoning.In ancient times, urine was used in tanneries to soak the animal hides.To train young hunting dogs to follow a scent, the carcass of a cat or fox or, at a pinch, a smoked and salted herring (of a reddish colour) would be dragged along the ground.There is also the suggestion that it would have been used to see if the dogs would be put off the scent they were meant to follow.This can be seen as a euphemism with Fanny Adams standing for F. Fanny Adams (8) was the victim in a 1867 murder case, cut into pieces and thrown into the River Wey.A broadside ballad about the murder referred to her as ‘sweet’; a term British Naval slang later adopted to refer to tinned stew, apparently not very popular with the sailors. Both, duff and pudding are euphemistic expressions for penis and crudely link intercourse and pregnancy.“Finding out about these origins says more than a little about the collective minds of English speakers.
The ‘tempest’ in a teacup or teapot is an image used in Roman philosopher Cicero’s De Legibus in approximately 100 BC. In 1886 PM Robert Gascoyne-Cecil (Lord Salisbury) surprisingly made Arthur Balfour Chief Secretary of Ireland; Balfour was ‘Bob’s’ nephew.
Corrigan had filed for a transatlantic flight two days earlier but it was rejected because his plane was not considered fit for the job.
Upon landing in Dublin he claimed his compass had packed up.
If out of four sheets, one was not properly fastened, the ship would become difficult to control and would be ‘to the wind’, moving as erratically as a drunk.
The phrase comes from Matthew where John the Baptist describes the man to come after him: ‘His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.’ In the Old Testament the image of winnowing is also used in Psalm 1:4: ‘…the wicked! Skin of your teeth Job describes his state (Job 19: 20): ‘My bone clings to my skin and to my flesh, / And I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.’ The phrases suggests something so thin and elusive as to be insubstantial. Easier for a camel to pass through the eye of needle than for a rich person to get to heaven.