By Nancy Royan
Librarian, Wedsworth Memorial Library 

Did you Let the Cat Out of the Bag?

 
Series: Library News | Story 23

December 21, 2023



Have you been guilty of letting the cat out of the bag? Or did you spill the beans? How many have turned a blind eye to something? Well-known phrases baffle some, especially the young who don’t hear them that often anymore. There are fascinating stories behind many ever day phrases.

We all know that turning a blind eye means pretending not to see something. Generally, we think of terms of wrongdoing when we turn a blind eye. But where did this phrase come from? Research finds it dates back to 1801.

Admiral Horatio Nelson sailed into battle as the commander of a British naval ship. Staring...



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