Phrases and Explanations

The origin of a few common expressions explained:   ‘Don’t throw out the baby with the bath water!’

When indoor sanitation was unknown to the lower classes, a large tub would occasionally be filled with hot water in the kitchen.  The man of the house had the privilege of first using the hot, clean water.  Next the sons and any other men of the house bathed.  Next in line were the women and the children. 

By the time of the baby’s turn, the water was so dirty that the infant could get lost in it.  One had to be careful not to throw out the baby with the bathwater!

Queen Elizabeth I boasted of taking a bath every year, whether she needed it or not! 

In those times most weddings were held in June since the yearly bath – a Spring Clean! – was taken in May. 

Prospective brides were beginning to pong by June, so they carried a bouquet to disguise the pong.

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