LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Autor:||Jefferson - Jeffy|
|Data:||10/AGO/2004 6:08 PM|
|Assunto:||Re: The Hatter and the March Hare|
Yeah Have sure jenny, Someone who is as mad as a hatter, or mad as a March hare, acts in an unpredictable, eccentric or mad way.
The Hatter and the March Hare are two characters at the ´mad Tea-Party´in Lewis Carroll´s Alice in Wonderland, but these two expressions existed before Lewis CArroll´s book.
Mad as a hatter refers to the fact that, in the past, people whose job was to make hats often went mad as a result of contact with a certain chemical (nitrate of mercury) which was used in hat-making. Mad as a March hare refers to the strange and amusing behaviour of hares in the spring, when the males are looking for a mate. ;) Jeffy
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