26 Oct 2006

Greetings

I am very happy because we have the new members of our small team here.
Greetings for Lingual Bee and Greg.
Also we will set up an additional skypecast at the weekend on Sunday at 2 pm GMT.

Meantime I have a riddle: He was talking through his hat. What does it mean?

3 comments:

paulino brener said...

Lifted from the Word Detective:

" "To talk through one's hat" was apparently a widespread idiom by the late 1880s meaning "to talk nonsense," although it initially seems to have carried the added connotation of "to lie." The precise logic and origins of the phrase are unclear. One theory, perhaps reflecting the earlier "to lie" meaning, maintains that the phrase refers to men in church who hold their hats over their faces while feigning prayer. Another possibility is that the phrase refers to the emptiness of the hat atop one's head, as if one were thinking and speaking with an empty head. It's also possible that "talk through one's hat" is an oblique reference to another phrase, "to talk off the top of one's head," meaning to speak speculatively, without thorough consideration."

Jola said...

Hi Paulino,
welcome on board :)
Have to say that you are better than my dictionary. Thank you for so detailed explanation.

paulino brener said...

Hi Jola.
Well...anyone can copy and paste from a good website :-)