The Fascinating Origins Of 42 Popular Idioms (VIDEO)

10/02/2013 04:34 pm ET

If idioms are your cup of tea, then you're going to have a field day with this delightful YouTube video in which the origins of more than 40 popular sayings are explained.

In the informative 9-minute clip, produced by Mental Floss, watch as the best-selling author John Green tells the fascinating -- and sometimes surprising -- stories behind 42 familiar expressions.

So why do we "ride shotgun," "beat a dead horse," "spill the beans" or "bite the bullet"? Watch the video above to find out.

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