Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Interesting origin of certain idioms
The phrase "cut to the chase" originated with the movable type for the printing presses. The letters were aranged in a wooden frame called the phrase. On the box were metal 'coins' that tightened the frame and held the type in place. When a phrase was completed the term "to coin a phrase" came about. The completed phrases were put together in a larger frame called the chase. Once the phrases were finished it was time to cut to the chase. Which means that the type was ready to be printed.