So when A.M. punctuated the lunch discussion (about skunks) the next day with the phrase "It stinks to high heaven" the juxtaposition was too close for comfort. Where did that phrase originate, I asked?
One theory is that it came popular from the Shakespeare reference in Hamlet - "O, my offense is rank, it smells to heaven; It hath the primal eldest curse upon it, A brother's murder." Even though this refers to a deed versus a source of odor - it makes the point.
|Pepe Le Pew - Warner Brothers|
I have concluded that everything must smell good in heaven based on this research - well maybe in high heaven :)
PS -- For J.R. the Song "Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road" was never recorded by the Beatles (I was wrong). It was #16 in 1973 performed by Loudon Wainwright III