History lessons: Old sayings brought to light!

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  1. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the1500s:


    Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet 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 babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, Don't throw the baby out with the Bath water..

    Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying . It's 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 posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

    The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying, Dirt poor. The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore 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 entranceway. Hence the saying a thresh hold.

    (Getting quite an education, aren't you?)

    In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle 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 eat 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 made 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 of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

    Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the upper crust.

    Lead cups 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 burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a wake.

    England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury 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 scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a ...dead ringer..

    And that's the truth...Now, whoever said History was boring ! ! !
     
  2. JimmyJonny

    JimmyJonny Well-Known Member

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    Pretty good for a pissed off looking elf man, LOL. Thanks buddy, I really enjoyed the lesson.

    -Jim-
     

  3. catfish kenny

    catfish kenny New Member

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    Ahhhhhhhhhhh......Lifes lill lessons....how I wish I could show my kids a few but somethin tells me in this day it would be abuse:wink:
     
  4. bud1110

    bud1110 New Member

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    Thats a pretty good History lesson..Thanks for sharing.
     
  5. Pennsylvaniacatchaser

    Pennsylvaniacatchaser Well-Known Member

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    Some pretty interesting stuff J.W.! I enjoyed reading it!
     
  6. 1sporticus

    1sporticus Active Member

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    Good stuff. I asked my Grandma about the good ole days one time. She didn't know what was so good about them, it was a lot of work. LOL Later Andy
     
  7. jtrew

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    The one I always thought was interesting was, "God willing and the Creek don't rise."

    "...Turns out it has nothing to do with crossing the creek to get into town on a Saturday night. It stems from the letters of American Senator, Creek Indian Agent and North Georgia Notable Benjamin Hawkins.

    ...the phrase would be correctly written as 'God willing and the Creek don't rise'. Hawkins, college-educated and a well-written man would never have made a grammatical error, so the capitalizion of Creek is the only way the phrase could make sense. He wrote it in response to a request from the President to return to our Nation's Capital and the reference is not to a creek, but The Creek Indian Nation."
     
  8. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks JW for an interesting read on History. I'm glad I arrived much later. A lot of that I had never heard of.
     
  9. ozzy

    ozzy New Member

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    Very interesting facts, thanks.
     
  10. smokey

    smokey New Member

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    Good stuff JW thankx for the history lesson. smokey
     
  11. ryang

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  12. Ol Man

    Ol Man New Member

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    O.K.... enough about your childhood...:smile2:
    Seriously, it is very interesting...

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  13. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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