Short post today (I overslept!). Wanna know the meaning of the saying “it costs an arm and a leg”? This is really interesting.
Before cameras, portraits were obviously done by a painter. And the way painters charged for their work was by the limb. A headshot was the cheapest. If you wanted arms and legs included, it would cost more. Hence the saying.
Ever see paintings of George Washington and his contemporaries where they have one arm behind their back? Yeah, they were saving money. Blue light special. Poorer families would get only heads done; wealthier families had full bodies painted with all four limbs included.
Who’d a thunk limbs could cost so much?
Okay, this is fun. Tomorrow I’ll tell you what “going the whole nine yards” means. Unless someone wants to spoil it and leave a comment explaining the meaning.