This is it, lock, stock and barrel, the scuttlebutt, the whole nine yards about some of the most interesting and odd idioms and clichés in common use today. Have you ever wondered where the phrase “letting the cat out of the bag,” or “dead ringer” came from? How about “Skid Row,” “two bits,” “upper crust,” “sleep tight” and “right side up?” Each one has its own unique etymology and origin. No need to go off half-cocked or fly by the seat of your pants. Lecturer and author Mark Carlson is going to get down to brass tacks and make the grade for you. So don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, just jump on the bandwagon and learn the ropes.