Common Phrases

In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. That's where the phrase, " goodnight, sleep tight" came from. It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the " honey month" or what we know today as the honeymoon. In English pubs, ale os ordered by pints and quarts. So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them to mind their own pints and quarts and settle down. It's where we get the phrase " mind your P's and Q's". Many years ago in England, pub freguenters had a whistle baked into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed refill, they used the whistle to get some sevice. " Wet your whistle," is the phrase inspired by this practice. in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was entitled Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden....thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.
Luci Luci
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6 Responses May 1, 2007

I always wondered where "mind your P's and Q's" came from

Extremely interesting !

Actually The term golf came from a sign at the first golf course that said gentlemen only ladies forbidden.

the term "golf" is an example of Grimm's law of consonantal shift. "Golf" comes from "Kolf" (sometimes spelled "colf" --words were spelled phonetically in those days) a club and ball game that was the predecessor of modern golf. Over time, the pronunciation may have changed slightly, and the spelling was standardized to "golf."

I've heard Scottish sheepherders when they are directing their dogs, they whistle just fine! I guess the whistle backed in the cup was for people like me, that can't whistle. LOL

That is intersting. And, strangely, these "weird facts" made me smile. Where did you get all this stuff?

nice! very interesting :)