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Sayings and customs originating from Tudor times
 
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 odour.
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 Four Poster 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 entrance way. Hence the saying
A Thresh hold
 
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. Hence the saying
The upper crust

Lead cups were used to drink ale or whiskey. The combination would sometimes
knock the drinkers 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. Hence
The graveyard shift

 Listening for the bell; thus, someone could be saved by the bell or was considered
A dead ringer

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