Have you watched this show on the History Channel? I tuned in for the first time tonight and found it fascinating. It's all about how common American idioms got their start.
Hogwash was the nasty waste water left after rinsing down hogs so they could be loaded on riverboats to be shipped down the Mississippi to market. Now it's what the trolls spew out on CM.
Originally, the "grape vine" was what miners in California called the telegraph, whose wires were often installed so quickly that they were draped haphazardly over trees and bushes, looking like tangled grape vines, instead of strung neatly on poles.
If you were over a barrel, it meant that you had almost drowned by falling off a steamboat and someone had fished you out of the river and laid you over a keg to drain the water out of you.
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