This is the full read-only archive of the "Ask the Wordwizard" section of the original Wordwizard site. The responses to the questions originate from Jonathon Green, the compiler of the Cassell Dictionary of Slang and numerous other dictionaries.
I just wanted to know the origin of the term charlie's horse, that pain you get in your leg sometimes
Submitted by Louise Bird (Atlanta - U.S.A.)
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The phrase was originally baseball jargon, dating from around 1887. More than I cannot offer. Nor indeed, can anyone else - believe me, I've checked.
Signature: Jonathon Green