Just for fun: What about that gift horse…?!

Have you ever heard or used a phrase and not known where it came from or what it meant? A classic example is the saying, “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.” We’ve all used it to convey gratitude when presented with a gift. “Hey, it’s free – just accept it and move along!”

The saying relates to how horses are evaluated at the time of purchase. Their teeth tell us how old they are and can provide insights into their general state of health. That said, inspecting the mouth of a horse that is given as a gift can be seen as ungrateful. Pretty neat, huh?!