Hello folks. Today's the last work day of the week, so this will be the last idiom of this week. That also means that tomorrow is Thanksgiving, so those of you who are traveling, I hope you have a great trip and that you return safely.
Today's idiom is "straight from the horse's mouth." The phrase refers to information that you know is accurate and has either come from the source or as close to the source as possible. The phrase originates from the practice bettors used to use to judge a horse before a race. Often it was difficult to tell a horse's age or physical fitness by just looking at the horse's body, so rather than trusting the owner of the horse for this information, the bettor would actually look in the horse's mouth; the reason for this is that condition of the horse's teeth is a good indicator of the horse's age. Example:
"There have been quite a few rumors going around that Bob is going to quit his job, but I heard it straight from the horse's mouth; his last day is Tuesday."
A similar phrase is "never look a gift horse in the mouth." The phrase is said when someone receives a gift, and means the receiver of a gift should trust the giver and not insult him by questioning the quality of the gift. The phrase again comes from looking at a horse's mouth to judge the quality of the horse, but in this case, since someone is giving the horse as a gift, the receiver should not be so picky.