Talking Through Your Hat? Jaan Kolk

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Talking Through Your Hat? Jaan Kolk

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Say Linda, you’re a hat lover. Do you know the origin of the expression “talking through your hat”? (Trick question – nobody does.) Jaan Kolk. 

Well Jaan, I know about ‘mad as a hatter’ and ‘hat trick’ but no idea on this one..:)

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May 1891 Chicago Tribune

There seems to be agreement that the expression originated in the US the late 19th century, but nobody knew quite where it came from even in 1890. The earliest I could find it in newspaper archives was a puzzling 1886 note in the New York Sun:
“The very latest remark about the young man who has coralled everything from beer to champagne the night before and gets around morose and silent is that ‘he is talking through his hat.’ It is said that this is quite as expressive as anything he could say.
Talking through his hat - origin - The Buffalo Enquirer
Buffalo, New York
23 Jul 1891, Thu  •  Page 5
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Killrain and Sullivan talking through his hat -  

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The Gazette
Montreal, Quebec, Quebec, Canada
08 Jan 1889, Tue  •  Page 8

 

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place and The Tales of Almonte

 

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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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