Results 1 to 2 of 2

Thread: Hungry

  1. #1
    whitetail is offline Newbie
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    1
    Post Thanks / Like

    Thumbs down Hungry

    Where does the idiom, " I so hungry I could eat a horse" come from? Did it originate in Europe or North America? Does it refer to eating something of large proportions or something that is not commonly eaten in England (unlike other parts of Eastern and Western Europe)?

  2. #2
    Soup's Avatar
    Soup is offline VIP Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • China
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    5,892
    Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Hungry

    Quote Originally Posted by whitetail View Post
    Where does the idiom, " I so hungry I could eat a horse" come from? Did it originate in Europe or North America? Does it refer to eating something of large proportions or something that is not commonly eaten in England (unlike other parts of Eastern and Western Europe)?
    Check out this site. Here's one of the posts:


    I'll throw in a curve ball. I contend that the phrase, "I'm so hungry I could eat a horse" gained is popularity from the history of those on long journeys as a last resort, actually eating the horse that they needed for travel in order to survive periods of starvation. I think its origin therefore, probably had less to do with the size, or the social taboo of eating horse, but the idea that eating horse has been, historically, a signal of last resort before starvation.

    In order to back up my own argument, I provide you with this awesome google search.
    posted by allthewhile at 2:35 PM on November 19, 2006

Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] Feeling Sleepy Feeling Hungry
    By anupumh in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 35
    Last Post: 05-Sep-2009, 10:03
  2. Hungry / Sturving
    By Activity in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 16-Jul-2007, 13:32
  3. feel hungry/feeling hungry
    By magdalena in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 29-Jun-2007, 00:52
  4. hungry
    By Shad in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 30-Sep-2006, 12:05
  5. Go hungry
    By babyblue in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 15-May-2005, 01:23

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •