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Many years ago people 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 "**** 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 **** in" & were the lowest of the low

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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!"

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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."

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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.

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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 old. 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.

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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.

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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 the upper crust.

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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.

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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.

Banned

Germany invaded Poland.

Their excuse was Poland invaded Germany first.

Technically Germany was correct. Albeit Germany faked the invasion by sending German special forces dressed as Polish army to take over a German radio broadcaster close to the Polish boarder & therefor faked an invasion by Poland giving rise to the "defensive" moves by Germany by invading Poland in retaliation..

I bet you never knew that very important piece of information which started WWII
Edited by: "YouDontWantToKnow" 20th Jan

How interesting! And I'm sure this very tactic is used to this day all around the world to justify all the atrocities committed

20 Jan 2017: population goes nuts over a £10 discount code.

AndyRoyd

20 Jan 2017: population goes nuts over a £10 discount code.


Hence the phrase "repost" or "spammed"

miles136

Many years ago people used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families … Many years ago people 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 "**** 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 **** in" & were the lowest of the low



​wow that's amazing.

Years ago, simple uneducated people who only had the capacity to repeat and had no ability to think for themselves, believed we all lived on a giant 1040mph spinning ball, shooting around a giant nuclear furnace at 66,700mph, which in turn shot around a galaxy full of other giant nuclear furnaces at half a million miles an hour. breath. These galaxies, in clusters, further traveled at over 2 billion mph around other galaxy clusters.

Isn't it funny how people were, many years ago, so stupid they believed anything they were told by the churches of scientism, and could not use their own god given senses that they were not moving at all! LOL!

I did hear they also believed that nothing exploded into everything without a shred of proof. But this I don't believe, because no one can be that stupid, even ancient shoeless sheep hurders.

Thank God we live in modern times and don't believe in such silly ideas any more.

miles136

Many years ago people used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families … Many years ago people 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 "**** 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 **** in" & were the lowest of the low



​a lot of the urine from Newcastle and London was shipped to Ravenscarr in north Yorkshire,
so at least when a Yorkshireman takes the ****, it's tradition.

miles136

Many years ago people used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families … Many years ago people 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 "**** 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 **** in" & were the lowest of the low



Its still used is tanning, there's nothing better for it, tho human waste isn't really used in much of the world it's mainly bird droppings now.

miles136

Many years ago people used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families … Many years ago people 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 "**** 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 **** in" & were the lowest of the low


The same applied to softening cloth.. Soaked in urine then trampled by people like treading grapes . These people were called walkers .. Hence the surname walker .

Go the whole nine yards .. Comes from ww2 when fighter pilots were given 9 yards of ammo and if they used it all up they had "gone the whole 9 yards " . I.e gave it there all.

Nostalgia was considered a disease for two centuries

miles136

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house … 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!"


Wiki says no evidence that is comes from that it is a German phrase
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don't_throw_the_baby_out_with_the_bathwater
Edited by: "Wongy110" 20th Jan

miles136

Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood … 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."


Another fake one
phrases.org.uk/mea…tml

Banned


There was an actual war named the "kettle war" because the only shot fired hit a soup kettle.

en.m.wikipedia.org/wik…War

miles136

Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content … 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.


Tomatoes were only first grown it this country in the 1590s
yes they were considered poisonous but this whole plate thing sounds like bunkem sorry

miles136

Many years ago people used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families … Many years ago people 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 "**** 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 **** in" & were the lowest of the low


I took that one as read but no
worldwidewords.org/qa/…htm
Dirt poor is a fairly recent Americanism as well
I don't where you have copied and pasted that from miles....
sorry
Edited by: "Wongy110" 20th Jan

thewongwing101

Nostalgia was considered a disease for two centuries


You've been watching QI and the Randy Sandi

I always remember driving along and it was getting dark but midday and the Mrs spurted out "It's black over Bill's mothers"
I said "Who's Bill?
And the heated discussion ensued
with me repeating "But who is Bill"
Not knowing and never heard of the phrase "It's black over Bill's mothers"
But apparently she was just using the expression to state there's some dark rain/thunder clouds over there

philphil61

I always remember driving along and it was getting dark but midday and … I always remember driving along and it was getting dark but midday and the Mrs spurted out "It's black over Bill's mothers"I said "Who's Bill?And the heated discussion ensuedwith me repeating "But who is Bill"Not knowing and never heard of the phrase "It's black over Bill's mothers"But apparently she was just using the expression to state there's some dark rain/thunder clouds over there


Looks like that is Kaiser Bill's mum
bbc.co.uk/new…178

There was many battles in the Americas over what was essentially spam, the crown had to force a merger between the hudson bay company and the north west company to stop them killing each other.

The pemmican wars, pemmican was a cured meat made by native Americans from buffalo, it was said to keep good for upto 10 years, so it was a very popular ration for soldiers and fur trappers, loggers etc, there was two buffalo hunts a year involving 100s sometimes even 1000s of hunters working for each company and if they spotted each other on a hunt FIGHT!.


Pemmican is thinly sliced meat dried over a fire\in the sun then mashed and mixed with hot buffalo fat and normally native berries the hides of the buffalo are processed and turned into pemmican bags, the pemmican is put into the bags warm and the bags stiched shut.

philphil61

I always remember driving along and it was getting dark but midday and … I always remember driving along and it was getting dark but midday and the Mrs spurted out "It's black over Bill's mothers"I said "Who's Bill?And the heated discussion ensuedwith me repeating "But who is Bill"Not knowing and never heard of the phrase "It's black over Bill's mothers"But apparently she was just using the expression to state there's some dark rain/thunder clouds over there


It was Will or Wilf where I grew up (Cambridge)

13norfolk

It was Will or Wilf where I grew up (Cambridge)


Cambridgeshire = middle class therefore Will or Wilf
Nottingham = working class (as in class and not clarse) therefore Bill

only joking
or am I

Edited by: "philphil61" 20th Jan

philphil61

Cambridgeshire = middle class therefore Will or WilfNottingham = working … Cambridgeshire = middle class therefore Will or WilfNottingham = working class (as in class and not clarse) therefore Bill;) only jokingor am I


I'm not posh! Gown V town in Cambridge!

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13norfolk

I'm not posh! Gown V town in Cambridge!



U r too us princess
Edited by: "miles136" 20th Jan

Ok comes from the world War, when the soldiers arrived they would signal 0k meaning 0 killed

lendu

Ok comes from the world War, when the soldiers arrived they would signal … Ok comes from the world War, when the soldiers arrived they would signal 0k meaning 0 killed


No.
quora.com/Is-…ies
You were wrong about the other thing as well
seems like we can't even talk about the word
how mad is that ? X)

thewongwing101

No.https://www.quora.com/Is-it-true-that-O-K-comes-from-zerO-Killed-a-phrase-used-by-pilots-during-WWII-after-a-mission-without-casualtiesYou were wrong about the other thing as wellseems like we can't even talk about the word how mad is that ? X)



​You looked it up? I read it on an email someone sent me years ago. Might have different interpretations also that's one man's theory.

In 2011 the rules of succession to the British crown were changed so the oldest child regardless of gender, not the oldest son, takes precedence in the line of succession.

If this change had happened during the reign of Queen Victoria she would have been succeeded by her eldest daughter, also named Victoria who in turn would have been succeed by her eldest son Wilhelm, better known as Kaiser Wilhelm, Emperor of Germany during world war 1.

lendu

​You looked it up? I read it on an email someone sent me years ago. M … ​You looked it up? I read it on an email someone sent me years ago. Might have different interpretations also that's one man's theory.


I can see reading stuff that that doesn't get emailed to you might be a problem ?

The term was used, and thus widely popularized, in the election campaign … The term was used, and thus widely popularized, in the election campaign of US president Martin Van Buren in 1840


Sorry but that is not really open to much interpretation

Fought between the United Kingdom and Zanzibar on 27 August 1896. Lasting approximately 40 minutes, making it the shortest war in history.
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