Mar. 10th, 2017

Mar. 10th, 2017 07:12 am
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i want to know where the hell the idiom "to be on the fence about something" comes from. i mean, old dead metaphors in language aren't exactly rare, but for this one to exist, you first need a situation where literally being on a fence makes sense! why would you be doing that? you're probably either breaking into or out of somewhere? i mean, what, are you in the process of breaking into someone's fancy villa or something, and then right in the middle of climbing over their fence, you begin to question your life choices and sit down on top of the fence to so do? it's absurd and i love it, but somehow i doubt it's correct.

i mean, come on, even the weird german "das ist doch jacke wie hose" - "that's jacket like trousers, though", i guess the english equivalent may be "six of one, half a dozen of the other"? - has a logical origin