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Date: Mon Feb 09 2004 - 20:52:48 PST


This was sent to me and I'm passing it along because it's in keeping with the
present thread. Interesting to know the origin of these expressions...
Susan on Long Island

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In a message dated 2/7/2004 6:25:18 PM Eastern Standard Time, ruthpearl@sbcglobal.net writes:
  So now you know.....

  In George 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 painted.
  Arms and legs are "limbs" therefore painting them would cost the buyer
  more.
  Hence the expression "Okay, but it'll cost you an arm and a leg."
  *****************************
  As incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year!
  (May and October).Women kept their hair covered, while men shaved! their
  heads (because of lice and bugs) and wore wigs. Wealthy men could afford
  good wigs made from wool. The wigs couldn't be washed so to clean them,
  they could carve out a loaf! of bread, put the wig in the shell and bake it
  for 30 minutes. The heat would make the wig "big and fluffy", hence the
  term "big wig." Today we often use the term "here comes the Big Wig"
  because someone appears to be or is powerful and wealthy.
  *****************************
  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 ate sitting on the floor. Once in a while an invited guest
  would be offered to sit in this chair during a meal (who was almost always
  a man).
  To sit in the chair meant you were important and in charge. Sitting in the
  chair, one was called the "chair man." Today in business we use the
  expression/title "Chairman..or Chairman of the Board."
  *****************************
  Needless to say, personal hygiene left much room for im provem! ent. As a
  result, many women and men had developed acne scars by adulthood. The
  women would spread bee's wax over their facial skin to smooth out their
  complexions. When they were speaking to each other, if a woman began to
  stare at another woman's face she was told "mind your own bee's wax."
  Should the woman smile, the wax would crack, hence the term "crack a
  smile." Also, when they sat too close to the fire, the wax would melt and
  therefore the expression "losing face."
  *****************************
  Ladies wore corsets which would lace up in the front. A tightly tied lace
  was worn by a proper and dignified lady as in "straight laced."
  *****************************
  Common entertainment included playing cards. However, there was a tax
  levied when purchasing playing cards but only applicable to the "ace of
  spades."
  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 with a full deck."
  *****************************
  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 who 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 when referring to the local opinion and thus, we have
  the term "gossip."
  *****************************
  At local taverns, pubs and bars, people drank from pint and quart sized
  containers. A bar maid's job was to keep an eye on the customers and keep
  the drinks coming. She had to pay close attention and remember who was
  drinking in "pints" and who was drinking in "quarts." Hence the term
  "minding your "'P's and Q's."
  So now you know....

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So now you know.....

In George 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 painted.
Arms and legs are "limbs" therefore painting them would cost the buyer
more.
Hence the expression "Okay, but it'll cost you an arm and a leg."
*****************************
As incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year!
(May and October).Women kept their hair covered, while men shaved!  their
heads (because of lice and bugs) and wore wigs.  Wealthy men could afford
good wigs made from wool.  The wigs couldn't be washed so to clean them,
they could carve out a loaf! of bread, put the wig in the shell and bake it
for 30 minutes.  The heat would make the wig "big and fluffy", hence the
term "big wig." Today we often use the term "here comes the Big Wig"
because someone appears to be or is powerful and wealthy.
*****************************
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 ate sitting on the floor.  Once in a while an invited guest
would be offered to sit in this chair during a meal (who was almost always
a man).
To sit in the chair meant you were important and in charge.  Sitting in the
chair, one was called the "chair man." Today in business we use the
expression/title "Chairman..or Chairman of the Board."
*****************************
Needless to say, personal hygiene left much room for im provem! ent.  As a
result, many women and men had developed acne scars by adulthood.  The
women would spread bee's wax over their facial skin to smooth out their
complexions.  When they were speaking to each other, if a woman began to
stare at another woman's face she was told "mind your own bee's wax."
Should the woman smile, the wax would crack, hence the term "crack a
smile."  Also, when they sat too close to the fire, the wax would melt and
therefore the expression "losing face."
*****************************
Ladies wore corsets which would lace up in the front.  A tightly tied lace
was worn by a proper and dignified lady as in "straight laced."
*****************************
Common entertainment included playing cards.  However, there was a tax
levied when purchasing playing cards but only applicable to the "ace of
spades."
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 with a full deck."
*****************************
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 who 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 when referring to the local opinion and thus, we have
the term "gossip."
*****************************
At local taverns, pubs and bars, people drank from pint and quart sized
containers.  A bar maid's job was to keep an eye on the customers and keep
the drinks coming.  She had to pay close attention and remember who was
drinking in "pints" and who was drinking in "quarts." Hence the term
"minding your "'P's and Q's."
So now you know....

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