10 Old Customs And Sayings That You Need To Know About

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Whenever you hear an old saying, or a cool phrase, or even a scary warning out of someone's mouth, you are always quick to give it your full attention, because that saying makes you think, or it makes you laugh, or it even scares you into doing what is right to protect yourself, just in case. And why is that? It is because you already know that in everything that is said, there are always, always some truths in them. Heck, even a lie has some truths to it, because it is created from the roots of truth. Meaning, if someone is telling you a lie about what Bill did for example, well the root of the story is Bill, and so that person actually exists and his name is bill, and so there is some truth to the story about Bill, even if the rest is all lies. And I tell you this because it is the same with old customs and sayings Beloved, they all have their roots planted in truth, even if along the way some part of that saying or custom was made up or elaborated on. And so again, this is why you have to pay attention to old folk tales, you have to give care to what is being passed down as a warning, as a teaching moment and as a piece of a secret and ancient treasure being passed down to you for safekeeping and passing on. And so this is why today I am sharing with you these 10 Old Customs And Sayings That You Need To Know About:

Here are some Legends, Myths and Heresays from around the 1500s:

1st. Old Saying: "You have a pot to piss in”
They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & sold to the tannery…….if you had to do this to survive you were “Piss Poor”
But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn’t even afford to buy a pot, they “didn’t have a pot to piss in” and were the lowest of the low.

2nd. Old Custom: The Bride carrying a bouquet when getting married.
10-old-customs-and-sayings-that-you needMost people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June. However, since they were starting to smell . .. . brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of the bride carrying a bouquet when getting married.

3rd. Old Saying: “Don’t throw the baby out with the Bath water!”
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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!”

4th. Old Saying: “It’s raining cats and dogs.”
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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.” 
OR, Another Version: --
The term “Raining cats and dogs” came from the middle ages when there were lots of said animals wondering around and consequently lots of dead ones, so that when it rained it looked like all these dead cats and dogs had come with the rain

5th.  Old Custom: How canopy beds came into existence.  
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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.

6th. Old Saying: "Dirt Poor"  

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: a thresh hold.

7th. Old Saying: "Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old".  10-old-customs-and-sayings-that-you need
In the very 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.

8th. Old Saying: "Sit around and chew the Fat"  10-old-customs-and-sayings-that-you need
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.

9th. Old Custom: "the custom of holding a wake".
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Lead cups were used to drink ale or whiskey. 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. 
" Or Another Version" == According to Wikipedia the thirteenth century philosopher John Duns Scotus was accidentally buried alive. Upon reopening his tomb they found his hands were torn and bloody from trying to escape. This fear lead to the invention of mechanisms such as the ‘Safety Coffin’ which allowed the occupant to signal the surface if they came ‘back to life’.

10th. Old Saying: "Saved by the bell or  a dead ringer".
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…

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