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Where does the phrase breaking wind come from?

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December 13, 2010 3:00PM

I was thinking about this question and I have a theory. I think it is called breaking wind because when you fart you excel wind from behind, therefore the wind you excel is breaking wind around you. Therefore, the term could literally mean you are breaking through the wind that is around you. Otherwise it could just be some sort of metaphor that I haven't yet thought of.