Recently, two marbles popped up on my desk. Throughout the day, I play with them sporadically. Then, I lost one. That got me thinking about the saying “losing my marbles” to describe going insane. This is what I found out.
Humphrey Bogart made it popular by playing Lt. Cmdr. Queeg, a character in the movie The Caine Mutiny. “Losing my marbles” originated in the 19th century, in America. It started off as a kids game, but marbles became a meaning for other possessions. Then it morphed into the phrase used to described as going insane.