Ya know how much I enjoy reading, love words and question where phrases originated and what the meaning was. I figured every once in a while, I'd share one with all of you.
IN THE 19TH CENTURY, CRAFTSMEN WHO MADE HATS WERE KNOWN TO BE EXCITABLE AND IRRATIONAL, AS WELL AS TO TREMBLE WITH PALSY AND MIX UP THEIR WORDS. SUCH BEHAVIOR GAVE RISE TO THE FAMILIAR EXPRESSION "MAD AS A HATTER".
THE DISORDER, CALLED HATTER'S SHAKES, WAS CAUSED BY CHRONIC MERCURY POISONING FROM THE SOLUTION USED TO TREAT THE FELT. ATTACKING THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM, THE TOXIN LED TO BEHAVIORAL SYMPTOMS. (provided by htt://corsinet.com)
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