Why Was Eastern State Penitentiary Considered To Be Hell On Earth?
The Eastern State Penitentiary is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at 2027 Fairmount Avenue between Corinthian Avenue and North 22nd Street in the Fairmount section of the city, and opened its cells in 1829 as the largest building in the U.S. It has been closed since 1971.
I say it all the time, I know what it means, but how did they come up with that phrase? Meaning that it is not alive, unequivocally deceased it can be figuratively or literally defunct – the phone line is deader than a door nail or that possum, you ran over, is as dead as a doornail.