Today’s really weird Phrase of the day….got a frog on your throat?


frog-in-the-throat“Having ‘a frog in the throat’ means suffering from a temporary hoarseness caused by phlegm in the back of the throat. It’s an American phrase that entered the language towards the end of the 19th century. The expression doesn’t have a fanciful derivation, but comes directly from the fact that a hoarse person sounds croaky – like a frog. The earliest reference to the expression is from “How to be Man”, which was a self-improvement book for boys, written by the American clergyman Harvey Newcomb in 1847. In it Newcomb states: If you find a ‘frog in your throat,’ which obstructs your utterance, go by yourself, and practice saying no, no, NO!”

Source cited: www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/frog-in-the-throat.html

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