Mad Hatters and White Elephants: Surprising Origins of Common Phrases

Speaker: Margaret Opsata

Suitable for Schools · Grades 4–12

Saved by the Bell, Baker’s Dozen, It Costs an Arm and a Leg, Wild Goose Chase…we all know what these everyday expressions mean, but where did they start and how has their usage evolved? Answering these questions for familiar phrases we all know and use is sometimes astonishing, often amusing, and always painlessly educational. My audience-interactive program will open a picture window on the exciting world of language.