June 1, 2010 at 1:12 pm 1 comment

                    America I Love you

                           Welcome to my Blog

 When I first decided to blog, it was to be about the  greatness and goodness in America. I still try to point out those qualities, but with the Change that the last General Election brought  upon us, I felt I needed to write about Patriotism, Responsibility,and our Involvement. Sometimes that can be heavy, and it is good  to lighten up, So today I decided on a little levity. Hope you enjoy                       


In George Washington’s days, there were no cameras. One’s image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are “limbs” therefore painting them would cost the buyer more.

Hence, the expression, Okay, but it will cost you an arm and a leg.

As incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year (May and October)! Women kept their hair covered, while men shaved their heads (because of lice and bugs) and wore wigs. Wealthy men could afford good wigs made from wool. They could not wash the wigs, so to clean them they would carve out a loaf of bread, put the wig in the shell, and bake it for 30 minutes. The heat would make the wig big and fluffy, hence the term “big wig.” Today we often use the term “here comes the Big Wig” because someone appears to be or is powerful and wealthy.

In the late 1700s, many houses consisted of a large room with only one chair. Commonly, a long wide board folded down from the wall, and was used for dining. The “head of the household” always sat in the chair while everyone else ate sitting on the floor. Occasionally a guest, who was usually a man, would be invited to sit in this chair during a meal. To sit in the chair meant you were important and in charge.

They called the one sitting in the chair the “chair man.” Today in business, we use the expression or title “Chairman” or “Chairman of the Board.”

Personal hygiene left much room for improvement. As a result, many women and men had developed acne scars by adulthood. The women would spread bee’s wax over their facial skin to smooth out their complexions. When they were speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at another woman’s face she was told, “mind your own bee’s wax.” Should the woman smile, the wax would crack, hence the term “crack a smile.” In addition, when they sat too close to the fire, the wax would melt.. Therefore, the expression “losing face.”

Ladies wore corsets, which would lace up in the front. A proper and dignified woman, as in “straight laced” … wore a tightly tied lace.

Common entertainment included playing cards. However, there was a tax levied when purchasing playing cards but only applicable to the “Ace of Spades.” To avoid paying the tax, people would purchase 51 cards instead.Yet, since most games require 52 cards, these people were thought to be stupid or dumb because they were not “playing with a full deck.”

Early politicians required feedback from the public to determine what the people considered important. Since there were no telephones, TV’s or radios, the politicians sent their assistants to local taverns, pubs, and bars? They were told to “go sip some ale” and listen to people’s conversations and political concerns. Many assistants were dispatched at different times. “You go sip here” and “You go sip there.” The two words “go sip” were eventually combined when referring to the local opinion and, thus we have the term “gossip.”

 In the heyday of sailing ships, all war ships and many freighters carried iron cannons. Those cannons fired round iron cannon balls. It was necessary to keep a good supply near the cannon. However, how to prevent them from rolling about the deck? The best storage method devised was a square-based pyramid with one ball on top, resting on four resting on nine, which rested on sixteen. Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small area right next to the cannon. There was only one problem … how to prevent the bottom layer from sliding or rolling from under the others. The solution was a metal plate called a “Monkey” with 16 round indentations.

However, if this plate were made of iron, the iron balls would quickly rust to it. The solution to the rusting problem was to make Brass Monkeys. Few landlubbers realize that brass contracts much more and much faster than iron when chilled. Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass indentations would shrink so much that the iron cannonballs would come right off the monkey. Thus, it was quite literally, “Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey. (All this time, you thought that was an improper expression, didn’t you.)

Thank you to our Military, we gave public accolades to you this past Memorial Day, which never seems enough.  We thank you and your families  daily. MAY GOD BLESS YOU

 Information in this post gathered from e-mails


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  • 1. GoodOleBoy  |  June 1, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    It is interesting stuff. Some others I know from Falconry.

    A hawk or falcon in mature plumage was called a haggard, from that an old woman was called a hag.

    The glove that a falconer wore for the hawk to sit on was called a gauntlet. Falconry was popular in the Middle Ages and knights were often falconers. They found wearing the gauntlet under the arm and hand armor provided cushioning and extra protection. Removing the armor and “throwing down the gauntlet” meant a duel was challenged.

    The tail of a hawk or falcon was called it’s train, later the part of a dress that trails behind the wearer was called a train.

    Gorge was feeding a hawk or falcon a full crop, now we use it in describing a big meal.


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