Monday, 16 April 2012

Wonderful Words 1





Six of the Best: Part 1

Ever wondered why we go on honeymoon or eat sandwiches in the drawing room? Look at the fascinating origins of everyday words we never even think about:

drawing room
used to be the withdrawing room and the ladies did so after dinner so the guys could give each other lung cancer in peace and quiet (and smoke)

funny-bone
said to be a pun on the real name, the humerus, of the bone, or rather the attached nerve, that goes 'twang' when you hit said nerve and of course isn't funny at all

honeymoon
newly-weds used to customarily drink honey wine for the first month (or moon) of their marriage

foolscap
a 'fool's cap' was formerly used as a watermark when producing this size of paper

canter
medieaval pilgrims travelling to Canterbury would usually travel at a pace known as the 'Canterbury gallop', which is a bit less than a gallop

sandwich
after the notorious 4th Earl of S, who allegedly dreamed up the idea to keep him going at the gaming table
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