“Well, I let’em talk me into running for this office…

“Well, I let’em talk me into running for this office.  But, I’ll tell you truthfully, I’ve got about as much chance of winning as a paraffin dog chasing an asbestos cat through hell.”  These were the colorful words of George Mansfield, a well-known Southern Oregon attorney in the early 1920s.  Such expressions have long been a part of American history.  I offer the following examples:  1.  “I’d bet a toothpick to a match.”;  2. That’s none of my never mind.”;  3.  “Not on your tintype(tintype was replaced by other words).” ; 4.  He’s a butter and eggs man(meaning someone prosperous, because butter and eggs were quite expensive at the turn of the nineteenth century).”;  5.  “Excuse me for using the wide bow(for being blunt or too direct).”