This past weekend we headed up to Napa for some camping and a biking tour of wineries. Aside from the fact that we got dirty looks at a few tasting rooms for being sweaty and speckled with chain grease, it was lovely. Oh, and some of the limos tried to run us off the road. But it was sunny, and the wine was delicious, and it was nice to be out on my bike.
- “Keep your nose to the grindstone” came about because the miller would sniff the flour every once in a while to make sure the two millstones were rotating smoothly and not burning the grain.
- “Cock-eyed” originally meant when the grindstones were properly aligned – the bottom stone had a spike in its center (the cock – and yes, I giggled) and the top stone had a little cup for the cock (giggle). When the two were fit together properly and the stones rotated in parallel, they were cock-eyed. So how the hell did cock-eyed wind up meaning the opposite? Our tour guide did not know.