OT Interesting Old southern sayings and such

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  1. mrsjethro

    mrsjethro New Member

    I don't know if any of thess are true, but it was interesting. I just got them tonight in my email and thought someone else might enjoy reading them too. I can't sleep just yet and It's 1:30am here now.......

    LIFE IN THE 1500'S

    These are interesting.

    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 odor.
    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

    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 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 entranceway.
    Hence the saying a "thresh hold."

    (Getting quite an education, aren't you?)

    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

    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, or "upper crust."

    Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. 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."

    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."

    Like I said before I don't know if these are actually true or not. I just found them interesting. I've grown up hearing these sayings all of my life...
  2. sisland

    sisland New Member

    Very interesting! I really like reading stuff of this nature! sounds true to me!! Thanks for taking the time to post this!! thanks again!!.....................................sisland
  3. jenni4736

    jenni4736 New Member


    I got some in laws that live up in them there mountins' and they stil' gotta a dirt floor!

    The potty is inside but it don't work so good...and don't you dare go on the porch late at night...there are literally bears with in 50 yards of the house!

    O.k. so I had a little fun with the words...but the potty and bears are true...the floor is OLDDD WOOD! (needs some sanding too-I think I got a splinter in my foot last time)

    Man ol' man though...hubbies aunt can make sum good ol' biskits! HAHA!

    I love my in-laws (even though my MIL has been here SINCE NOVEMBER!)But man ol' man...those ar some country folks!

    I was born and raise in Texas...and I pride myself on being a "good ol' country girl"....but that family in those North Carolina mountains are TRUE country folk!

    Some of these stories sound WAY TOO familiar!

    Jenni[This Message was Edited on 06/20/2006]
  4. jake123

    jake123 New Member

    My mother was a war bride. She came to the US when she was 17! She had all her wedding gifts packed in a trunk, silver and linen tablecloths that came dear, no doubt handed over from relatives because of wartime.
    She arrived in East Texas (I can't remember how she got there) and she was shocked to see that none of my Dad's people wore shoes!! She had on gloves and a hat but did not own something as basic as a broom. They rented a little house and borrowed a broom from my Aunt Bennie every other day!
    Some of the stories she told were hilarious - about adjusting to life in Texas and then to Louisiana. In 1950 we moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, and that didn't need much adjusting.

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