Robert Brindley

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

"Mad as a Hatter"


The following was sent by Val..........


I have always been fascinated by unusual phrases and idioms. One of my favourites is: "as mad as a hatter", which was used, but not created by, Lewis Carroll. I believe that this originates from a former hat making process when felt was treated with mercurous nitrate - a mercury compound. This chemical caused hatters to experience smarting eyes, shaking limbs and mood swings. Constant usage could result in eccentricity and it is reported that one Buckinghamshire hatter gave away all he owned and lived on grass as a result.
I am looking forward to this series on your Blog!


Many thanks. Keep them coming!

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