Have you ever heard the expression "I need to see a man about a dog"? People use colloquialisms or "figures of speech" in many languages, and across many cultures in their daily conversations. While the meanings of these phrases are generally accepted and understood, the stories behind them are often interesting and highly entertaining. "Seeing a man about a dog" has long been used as a vague excuse for escaping awkward social situations. The origin is believed to come from a line in an obscure play published in 1868 called "The Flying Scud". However, it became popular during the American Prohibition era some 60 years later, where it was used to indicate "Um, don't tell anyone, but I am going to grab a beer".