The other day I posted info about Mad as a Hatter and where the expression originated. Here are a couple more for ya...and they describe my current state of mind!!!!!!
Stir crazy is a phrase that dates to 1908 according to the Oxford English dictionary.Used to describe inmates in prison, it referred to a prisoner who became mentally unbalanced because of prolonged incarceration. It is based upon the slang stir (1851) to mean prison.
It is now used to refer to anyone that becomes restless from being stuck in one place too long, with a similar meaning to cabin fever.
Cabin fever is an idiomatic term for a claustrophobic reaction that takes place when a person or group is isolated and/or shut in, for an extended period. Symptoms include restlessness, irritability, forgetfulness, laughter, and excessive sleeping. The word is also used humorously to indicate simple boredom from being home alone. The term was first recorded in 1918.
In fact, yesterday I was so bored I did some more tweaking on Yooper Yarns. I should have been working on figuring out new ways to promote the Newberry area in these disastrous economic times, but I couldn't get my thinking cap to produce more than a light puff of harmless smoke.
Anyway, if you look in the right hand column, you will see something that says "SLIDE SHOW". You can view the photos right here (move cursor over the bottom of a photo and some controls come up) or you can click on a photo to go to larger versions. Enjoy! (More will be added as time goes on!)
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