Speaking of old phrases, both Sue and I are familiar via this one: "I Have to See a Man About a Horse."(What?! Did you forobtain we were speaking of old idioms?! I am truly saddened.)Both of us had actually English-born grandfathers, and also both of us lived through them for a time. Both grandfathers provided the phrase.In my grandfather"s conmessage, at least the means that I perceived it, the saying meant: "I have actually something to address, and it"s namong your service." Or at leastern, "I have actually somepoint to address, and also I can"t be bothered gaining right into an explacountry of simply what it is."To Sue, it was a polite way of excutilizing oneself to go to the bathroom.So, that got it right?It transforms out that we both did, for the Urban Thesaurus lists both meanings. Of course, I humbly note that my version is listed first. This thrills me to me finish as I am not supplied to coming in initially. Thankcompletely but, I am mollified to know that "the last shall be first" on that somewhat postponed meeting in the sky.A quick internet search likewise revealed that the very same question was asked on the English Language & Usage website wright here I learned a few tidbits*. These are straight quotes from the answers provided. Several of these answers described various other internet resources.The earliest evidenced publication is the 1866 Dion Boucicault play Flying Scud in which a character knowingly breezes previous a challenging case saying, "Excusage me Mr. Quail, I can"t stop; I"ve got to view a guy about a dog.The many widespread variation is to "view a male about a horse". Almost any kind of noun have the right to be substituted as a means of giving the hearer a hint around one"s objective in departing.During Prohibition in the United States, the expression was a lot of commonly used in relation to the usage or purchase of alcoholic beverages. This has actually been a beneficial (and also usetotally vague) excuse for absenting oneself from firm for about 150 years, though the actual reason for slipping ameans has actually not always been the same. <...> From other referrals at the time tright here were 3 possibilities: 1) necessary to visit the loo <...> 2) he was in immediate require of a restorative drink, presumed alcoholic; or 3) he had actually an in a similar way urgent need to visit his mistress and anxiety.Of these reasons <...> the second became the a lot of common feeling in the time of the Prohibition period. Now that society’s conventions have shifted to the point wright here none of these factors need cause much renote, the energy of the phrase is substantially diminimelted and also it is most regularly supplied in a facetious feeling, if at all.I have provided the expression from time to time, yet it does not seem to occupational all that well in the present day, and also I haven"t offered it generally. Perhaps I will certainly attempt harder though, as I choose it.Now . . . if you will excusage me, I need to go view a man . . .
*Tidbits is an exciting word, which prudish North Americans have alterred from the more British titbits. Both versions, refer to little bit bits of somepoint, whether it be a little somepoint to eat or a little of news/gossip and so on. Everywright here else they usage the titbit variation. In Britain, many kind of birds are dubbed tits. This has actually occasionally led to some amusing (for puerile male minds anyway) extransforms on Flickr as soon as Brits post bird photos.

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Shammickiteshelp...

I constantly heard it as " I've gained to check out a male around a dog". Not many horses approximately wbelow I lived I suppose. And as for titbits.... Tbelow was a magazine in England dubbed Titbits, a type of gossip magazine I think.

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TexWisGirlsaid...

the third explanation was virtually funny! 'immediate need'. yeah...

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limesassist...

thanks for stopping by my place. i thrived up learning the phrase as a euphemism for needing the bathroom. fun little bit exploration in etymology though.

1:29 pm
Jackiesassist...

Loved reading this...I, also, have actually heard it as "I need to check out a male about a steed."I hope you are having actually a great week. Warmest smiles to you as the weekfinish ideologies.J.

1:54 pm
Hilarysassist...

I've heard it said about a horse and about a dog. My mother offered the expression sensibly frequently. Not much was any kind of of my organization. ;) Fun post, AC.

3:34 pm
Marasassist...

I just kbrand-new Sue's explanation: excusage oneself to go the bathroom. But just men! Mind you, I've heard many type of expressions to that function over the years (many thanks to working in a male-oriented environment). All equally weird and wonderful.

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troutbirdersassist...

That's a brand-new one for me. I did recognize Land O Goshen though, I think from my Grandma....:)

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I've heard "I've got to watch a male about a horse", as well. It could have expected anypoint, yet wright here I'm from it mostly meant you wanted to leave wbelow you were or you had to go to the bathroom.

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Jimmie Earlsassist...

The guys in my household constantly used the "horse" or the "dog." I think Mom was disgusted via us all. Being the only lady in a house full of "not-so-gentlemanly" guys should have been a trial for her. But, on the other hand also, she pretty a lot ruled the roost, so to sheight.