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Going Bananas Over Spilled Beans

The title is only a clever way to put two separate idioms together. The first one “spilling the beans” has a political background. First of all, since 1547 in the English language “spill” has meant to “give out secret information”. Historians say that back in ancient Greece people voted by putting either a white or black bean into a clay urn. Therefore to “spill the beans” would be to uncover the results of a secret vote before all ballots had been counted. In other words “Kidney he lives, pinto he dies”.

Next up is an idiom I have long been using “going bananas” instead of just saying “going crazy”. Supposedly going bananas refers to the term going ape which was popularly used in the U.S. in the second half of the 1900s. Mid-century media looked upon apes as being crazy and apes eat bananas so we wound up with going bananas.

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    In today’s crazy world do you sometimes think you might go bananas as politicians keep spilling beans all over the place?

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    Have you ever used any of these idioms?

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