This year I'm taking part in the Dog Days of Summer Podcasting Challenge, a fun little project where people around the world try to publish a new show every day for 30-ish days. This year it runs from August 4th through September 4th, and I plan on getting a head start today. Rather than follow the typical theme that my Doubtfully Daily show follows, I've decided to have a little bit of fun and explore the history behind some commonly used English phrases. If you've ever wondered where idioms like "between a rock and a hard place" or "cost an arm and a leg" comes from, the next few weeks worth of shows will be for you ... or you can just Google the histories of these metaphors.
Today's phrase is "cut to the chase" which, as many people know, means get to the point. The first reference dates back to the late 1920s Hollywood as a script direction from Joseph Patrick McEvoy's novel Hollywood Girl, and the precept as it applies to films is as prevalent now as it was in the silent film days. Most films aimed at a young male audience involve plot devices that allow for some sort of chase, and there is usually a token love interest storyline before everything in sight ends up in pieces.