Did you know? Take 2!

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Hello! It’s time for another Did You Know?! I love these things. If you ever have suggestions or would like to submit a Did You Know of your own, don’t be shy! You can email me at romancingmisty@yahoo.com and I’ll compile. Let’s share knowledge πŸ™‚

Today’s DYK comes from a leaflet my grandmother used to get from the community news…

Life in the 1500’s…

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water, The man of the house got the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the woman and finally the children. Last were 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”.

House 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 lived int he roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. And there you have “It’s raining cats and dogs”.

Here are a few more to chew on…

Wing it! In the time of Shakespeare this referred to quickly studying lines in the wings of the theater before going onstage.

Throwing in the towel! This originated with boxing. The towels were used to wipe a fighter’s face in the ring. So if the manager threw in the towel the fighter had had enough and was done.

And there you have it! Come back tomorrow for a taste of some fiction writing by Sara Elwood!

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