Yesterday, a guy with one arm was trying to get me to sign up for a multi level marketing business. I hesitated and he told me he was making money ‘hand over fist’. Since he only had one arm I knew he was lying so I throat punched him and left.
I was already suspicious because he was wearing a digital watch. Making money hand over fist is a very strange phrase. What the heck does it really mean? At first I thought it was a term originally used by Baby Face Nelson when he robbed a bank. “Hand over your money fast!” I thought it had just evolved over time. That part was true but it had nothing to do with robbing banks.
It actually relates of climbing a rope hand over hand. This soon became known as hand over fist, with the fist being the hand gripping the rope. The term hand over fist soon evolved from making progress up a rope to making progress generally. Today, it relates only to financial gain.
I know! It’s so strange how these phrases morph over the years until we say them without knowing what they even mean. In this case, everyone I’ve heard use it did so correctly. Then I ask them what it means. They think for a minute and then walk away mumbling “Why you gotta be like that?”
There are more but I need to tackle them over time or my head will explode. Like “two shakes of a lambs tail”. I get the inference but why a lamb? Do they shake their tails faster than other animals? I don’t know. I have a headache now.
But I’m certain I was right to punch that guy.
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