Madder than a goat
At Ser Argentino we continue to investigate the origins of the phrases we use every day. Many times we know perfectly well the meaning and the context in which we should use them, but we are not aware of the genesis (which is usually the most fun). For example, what does madness have to do with the goat?
If you want to read the previous editions (where you will be able to know the origin of “throw butter on the ceiling”, “put on the cap”, “cut off my legs”, “as a Turkish in the mist”, “sure they took him prisoner”, “there is no aunt” or “no more lola” among others), you can click Here, here, and Here . Now, to our business: these are the new ones. As you will see, one is very tender and the other, well, not so much. You know, they’re both very interesting.
More crazy than a goat
Most of the the offspring of animals when weaned follow their mothers even though they no longer they need the food. But there is one species that breaks the rule: goats. As no longer drink milk, the kids come out like arrows to either side and the poor goat is forced to run them tirelessly. That is why the shepherds very often used “crazier than a goat” in reference to the poor state of these mothers of the animal kingdom. (Didn’t you think she was so tender?)
Until the candles do not burn
To compensate for the tenderness of the previous one, let’s go with one that originated in brothels. In times when there was no electric light and watches were not within reach of any pocket, the madamas had found a very efficient way to measure time: with candles. How is this? Easy: they gave the customer the amount of candles they paid for, and when the last one was consumed, the shift was over. I mean, he hired the prostitute “until the candles don’t burn.”
Hipólito Azema nació en Buenos Aires, en los comienzos de la década del 80. No se sabe desde cuándo, porque esas cosas son difíciles de determinar, le gusta contar historias, pero más le gusta que se las cuenten: quizás por eso transitó los inefables pasillos de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad de Buenos Aires. Una vez escuchó que donde existe una necesidad nace un derecho y se lo creyó.
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