Have you ever wondered where some of the sayings we use today originated from?  Below are a few sayings from colonial times that we still use today along with the meaning behind the saying.

Big Wig – The cost of a wig was determined by its size.  Therefore the bigger the wig in height or length determined the wealth and status of a person.

To Go the Whole Nine Yards – Cloth that was shipped to the American colonies were sent in rolls containing nine yards of fabric.  To use the whole nine yards was a sign of extravagance.

Getting Up on the Wrong Side of the Bed – In the 18th century, some people felt that everything bad collected on the left side of the human body and everything good on the right side.  Therefore, some people would push the left side of their beds up against the wall so they could not possibly get out of bed on the wrong side.

Mind Your Own Beeswax – Colonial women used beeswax to fill in small facial pocks in their skin.  On hot days the beeswax could start to melt but it was not proper etiquette to point this out.  To do so usually got the response, “mind your own beeswax.”

Getting the Cold Shoulder – It was common practice to have house guests visit for days at a time.  However, when guests had overstayed their welcome, the host would give the guest the worst part of the animal not warmed to signal it was time to leave.

A Big Shot – When a very important person came to town it was customary to shoot of big guns and cannons to welcome him.

Chew the Fat – When someone came to visit the host would offer his guest some bacon which was usually stored above the parlor fireplace so they could chew the fat during the visit.

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