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You ever wonder where many of our common day sayings come from? Phrases like piss poor or raining cats and dogs.
These didnt simply show up in our everyday dialogues one day. They actually have meaning behind them and usually developed because of a particular situation or scenario that had passed often in everyday life.
Some of these actually go back to the 1500 s! Guess about that for a moment. A phrase which you are using today, actually comes from an event back in the 1500 s which most likely you werent even well informed! We merely hurl these phrases around, when in reality we have no knowledge of what we are actually saying or at the least referring to.
Check out the following everyday phrases to train yourself on their origins, so the next time you use them, you will know what you are actually saying!
They used to use urine to tan animal scalps, so families used to all pis in a pot. Once a day it was taken and sold to the tannery. If you had to do this to survive, you were piss poor. But worse than that were the really poor folks who couldnt even afford to buy a pot. They didnt have a pot to piss in and were considered the lowest of the low.
Most people got married in June since they are took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June. However, since they were starting to smell, brides carried a posy of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a posy when getting married.
Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women, and finally the children. Last of all the newborns. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose person in it. Hence the saying, Dont throw the baby out with the bath water!
Houses had thatched roofs with thick straw-piled high and no timber underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals( mouse, glitches) lived in the roof. When it rained, it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying, Its raining cats and dogs. There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house.
This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big positions and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. Thats how canopy beds came into existence.
The floor was grime. Only the wealthy had something other than grime. Hence the term, dirt poor. The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh( straw) on the floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wear on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. Hence, a thresh hold.
In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettles that always hung over the fire. Every day, they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would feed the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while.
Hence the rhyme, Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old. Sometimes they could obtain pork, which built them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could bring home the bacon. They would cut off a little to share with guests, and would all sit around and chew the fat.
Those with money had plates made use of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leaching onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poison. Bread was divided according to status. Employees got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.
Lead beakers were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burying. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and feed and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.
In old, small villages, local folks started running out of places to inter people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratching marks on the inside, and they realized they had been interring people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, leading it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a buzzer. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night( the graveyard shift) to listen for the buzzer. Thus, someone could be saved by the bell, or was considered a dead ringer.
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