Head over heels

wordmall wordmall at AOL.COM
Mon Feb 15 18:31:49 UTC 2010

When you dissect it, "head over heels" doesn't make much sense. Our head is SUPPOSED to be over our heels. I understand that the original was "heels over head" (signifying a cartwheel), and that does make sense.

My question: is there a word for such a reversal of image? (I can't think of another example at the moment.)

Michael J. Sheehan

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