WHERE IT CAME FROM!
Washington’s days, there were no cameras. One’s image was either
sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed
him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others
showed both legs and both arms. Prices charged by painters were
not based on how
many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be
Arms and legs are limbs, therefore painting them would cost the buyer
more. Hence the expression,
“Alright, but it’ll cost you an arm and a leg."
Ladies wore corsets
which would lace up in the front. A tightly tied lace was worn by
a proper and dignified lady as in
|In the late 1700s,
many houses consisted of a large room with only one chair.
Commonly, a long wide board was folded down from the wall and used for
dining. The “head of the household”
always sat in the chair while everyone else sat sitting on the floor or
stayed standing. Once in a while, a guest would be invited to sit
in their chair during a
meal. This was a great honor. Hence
the term "Chair man." Later it became: "Chairman of the Board"
Did you know that?
|As incredible as it
sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year - in May and
December. Women kept their hair covered, while men very often
shaved their heads because of lice and bugs and they wore wigs made
from wool. The wigs
couldn’t be washed, so to clean them they would carve out a load of
put the wig in the shell, and bake it for 30 minutes. The
heat would make the wig big and fully. Hence the term
“Big wig.” The term has become synonymous with
the wealthy and powerful.
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|Needless to say,
personal hygiene left much room for improvement. As a
women and men had developed acne scars by adulthood. The women
spread bee’s wax over their facial skin to smooth out the
When they were speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at
woman’s face she was told to “mind your
own bee’s wax .” Should the
smile, the wax would crack; hence the term “Crack a smile.”
Isn't this stuff Fun?!
included playing cards. However, there was a tax levied when
purchasing playing cards, but only applicable to the “Ace of
Spaces.” To avoid paying the tax. People would purchase 51
cards instead. Yet, since most games require 52 cards, these people
were thought to be stupid or
dumb because they weren’t “playing
| Early politicians required
feedback from the public to determine what was considered important to
the people. Since there were no telephones, TV’s or radios, the
politicians sent their assistants to local taverns, pubs and bars and
were told to “go sip some ale, “ and listen to people’s conversations
and political concerns. Many assistants were dispatched at
different times. ‘You go sip here’ and ‘you go sip
there.’ The two words go sip were eventually combined with
referring to the local opinions and we have the term