The Origin of the Word for the World

Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2007 by Teena in Labels: , , , , , , , ,

I read this somewhere, and I felt I like to share to the readers out there these interesting items.

The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.

Here are some facts about the1500s:

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 water.

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...

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  1. Priya says:

    Hi There, Interesting blog you have here. Wanna xchange Link?

  1. Lisa says:

    Hi Rom! Thanks for visiting my page and leaving a comment. Yup, I'm one of your kababayan who is here in the land of the free. I miss my native land though and I will just drop by here everytime I miss Pinas. By the way, I'm trying to build traffic for my blog. Would you mind if we exchange link?