Friday, August 07, 2009

History of old sayings.

Many a times, when I read some real humorous status message on some one's gtalk or something inspirational, I think, "how did these saying come about?"
Like heavy rains, why would anyone say, "It's raining cats and dogs"? What does filty rich or dirt poor mean? It sure has to do something with history. Take a peep.
The story backs down to the 1500's where bathing was once in an occasion plan. It used to be a lavish ceremony. A tub would be filled with water of just the right temperature and petals of roses would be thrown in. First, the man of the house would have the privilege of the nice, clean, hot water to bath in, then all the other men and sons would take a dip, then the women of the house would be allowed and finally, will be the turn of the children, in order of age leaving the babies of the house for the last dip. By then the water would be so dirty that you could actually loose someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out of the bath water."
In thoses days, cooking meant vegetables cut, put in a kettle with water and fire burning under the utensil to keep the water boiling. This kettle was hung on the tree, a normal height of an average man, making it at a 'not so average height for the women'. Everyday the women would cut vegetables and fling it into the pot and lite the fire. They would eat their full and leave the left overs in the kettle. The next day they would add more vegetables to the pot and cook it along the previous nights stew. Sometimes the kettle would have food in it for as long as nine days and so came the rhyme, "Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot, nine days old."
Coming back to the rains, in ancient times, people built thatched houses. The roofs would have thick straw, piled high with no wood under it. This made the roof a warm place to live in. So all the dogs, cats and the small insects like mice and cockroaches took shelter on the roof. When it rained, it became slippery and the animal who missed their steps would fall from the roof to the floor. Hence, "It is raining cts and dogs."
There was nothing that could keep the animals and stuffs falling from the roof when it rained. Only the rich who had slate floors could affort to keep their floors clean. Hence, "Dirt poor."


  1. Hey! that was bad... would be letting you down if I said it was a good write up :( -Morgan

  2. ohh yeah? (worried) what's so bad about it?

  3. Hey! its not your style of writing but the content itself, if they were the actual history behind the saying, then I guess we cant do much abt it, but if they were your perspective then I must confess, there was a lack of your classy touch of imagination and creativity. No offense its just my opinion, I have seen much better side of it than this :) Cheers - Morgan.


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