10 Classic Sayings and Expressions Uncovered

“Bring home the bacon” and “Chew the fat”

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Some of the list would be considered events and/or objects of course, but interesting nonetheless…

“Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater!”

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Canopy Beds

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“Dead Ringer”

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Holding a “Wake” before the funeral

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“Piss Poor”

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“Raining Cats and Dogs!”

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Poisonous Tomatoes

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Origin of brides carrying a bouquet of flowers

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The “Upper Crust” of society

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  • xclusive02

    That dude with the chick? with flowers… I think he is legally blind. There is no other explanation

  • mook

    Sorry guys half this shit is made up.

    Who is researching this or just making this crap up?

    Bacon and chewing fat…
    The baby in the bath water? Its similar to “Borrow from John to pay Pete”, common sense. Don’t throw out the important with the unimportant. You really expect people to think in the oh-so-ancient days when we had plumbing that babies were consitered last in line for health? Uh try again.

    The canopy beds? Ever been in heavy dense insect areas? Yea its not magic or smart to cover a bed at night in a jungle.

    The death ones yes are correct.

    Urine to tan hides? wtf are you smoking…

    People only bathed once a year? June? Did you read what you wrote here or what…
    People bathed much more than once a year.

    This crap reminds me of when people say “back in the old days when they lived to 40”, it is crap. Take for instance many recorded people and documents giving example of elders being in their sixties.

    • sock puppet

      Speaking of making shit up … you really make yourself look ignorant when you post random, incorrect crap. In the early 20th century, the average lifespan was around 40 years old. Urine was once used to tan hides. I’ll leave the rest for you to research further.

      • Sal

        Isn’t urine still used in some parts of the world to tan hides? I.e. India..

        • HellHathNoFury

          Urine is used even here by tanneries to tan hides, but the urine is from farm animals. Sexy. it is also used to make felt in Mongolia and several other places. The men *their urine is supposed to be stronger since they eat more meat and salty foods* pee on the wool and let it ferment for a ridiculous amount of time and then it’s dragged behind a horse in a leather wrap to compound it.

          • HellHathNoFury

            Sadly, Mook, babies WERE considered last in times of desperate need. i’m not saying the parents were heathens with no love for their children, but think about it. if you’re trying to bring in money for food, your home, and working hard to grow the things you need, if someone has to go, it’s not going to be the older members of the family that can pull their own weight. The baby, where still a person, isn’t contributing anything and is taking away time, food and energy. Sad but true.

            • MichaelGS

              Mook, we’re not talking 1995 here. We’re talking way back before the US was even a glint in the eye of Europe (I know its hard to believe anything existed before the US, but roll with us here).
              1) they believed bathing opened the pores up allowing germs to get in, so bathing was deadly and only to be done once a year to get rid of the “wholesome earthy smell”. it wasnt till either queen victoria or elizabeth (or one of them anyway) who decided to bath daily that that shit caught on
              2) there are places around the world TODAY where the average life expectancy is less than 40 years. yes people have been documented to live into their 60’s but people today live to 116 doesnt meen thats an average dude

              the rest’s all pretty right

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    • jGo

      Mock, you are way out of line and don’t have a clue what you’re talking about. I know for a certainty most of these are accurate. In particular PISS POOR and A POT TO PISS IN. When I was in the 9th grade, our history teacher gave us an assignment: interview folks at least 50 years old and ask them about their history and what life was like when they were growing up. My grandfather, born in 1903, near Berdichev, Russia (today in the Ukraine) came to the US in 1906 and lived in Chicago, IL. He was one of the folks I interviewed. He told me they were so poor they didn’t have a pot to piss in and then went on to tell how families sold it to the tannery. He and his younger brother would scour the train tracks for bits of coal to heat their room and cook their meals. His father was run over by a train while doing the sane in 1910. I was able, years later, to confirm my grandfather’s story with newspaper clippings from IL and the coroners report when I got into genealogy in 1995.

  • Bingo

    I’m not trying to be pedantic, but I heard raining cats and dogs was about the poor drainage in the medieval (Rennaisance too?) period and thus, when it rained, cats and dogs would be found dead in the streets, making it look as though it had rained cats and dogs. I heard this from a medieval scholar, but really, who knows. I guess I also got skeptical when the above said “all” the animals.

  • patton303

    That soldier married Kyle from Tenacious D

  • Faranaki Tapper

    I hate this kind of bullshit…speaking of which, the word “Shit” doesn’t come from “Ship High In Transit”…

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  • RDaltry

    I visit the Chive for it’s entertainment value, not as a research source. So what if some of the info is questionable? The accompanying images are humorous.

    Chive on guys!!

  • ladyguitarstar

    This was great to read, thanks!

  • P-90

    The pic of the kid in the bath is from the movie ‘Gummo’, it’s a pretty weird film.

  • donuteyes

    gummo FTW!!!

  • jeff in Australia

    I liked it for it’s humor.. Do one on ‘fairy tales/nursery rhymes”, most of those have an interesting and true origin.

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