It’ll Knock Your Socks Off

January 27, 2011 § 1 Comment

Continuing on our exploration of the land of misfit socks, I couldn’t help but be reminded of that often used phrase, ‘knock your socks off.’ What does that really mean? Where did this ridiculous saying come from. Can you knock someone’s socks off?

Two things came to mind immediately. The first, a scene from Laurel and Hardy where Stan Laurel is boxing with his socks half on. I couldn’t find a clip that featured his floppy socks but here’s another great clip of the ‘8:30’ man as my family so lovingly calls him, getting ‘socked.’


The next reminds me of the an episode of MythBusters in which they bust the myth that one can actually have their socks blown off their body by being punched. So where did this term actually come from? It originated in the mid 19th century, as far as anyone can tell, to mean to vanquish someone thoroughly. It often referred to the boxing ring. And though the saying stuck, it meant nothing more than a treat similar to “I’ll hit you into next week.” At least in Pennsylvania, the phrase has come to mean something that will shock or delight an individual. Any ideas as to why? Maybe we’re just that into boxing and MMA around here.

So here’s goodbye to another matchless sock. You put up a good fight.








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