Language Bites!

Have you ever wondered where the wonderful word 'rigmarole' comes from? Or why we sometimes 'let the cat out of the bag' if we divulge a secret, or go 'berserk' when we experience annoyance? Language Bites! take a quirky look at the origins of some of the most coourful phrases in the English language.


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First broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland, and funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the television license fee.