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Life in the 1500’s

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Life is very different these days than they were in the 1500’s for sure but those were the times when many of the phrases and traditions we use today came from. He are some examples of what I mean.

Most people got married in June and still do today. In the 1500’s it was because most people took their yearly bath in May and still smelled pretty good by June. Because of the smell though, brides would carry a bouquet of flowers to hide body odor and the custom of carrying flowers continues today.

Baths consisted of a big tub filed with hot water and the man of the house was the first to use the fresh water. All other sons and men in the house went next, then the women and finally the children. That’s were the saying ‘Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water’ comes from.

Houses had thatched roofs and was the only place for animals to get warm. Cats and other small animals would live in the roof and sometimes fall through. The saying ‘it’s raining cats and dogs’ come from this.

Bread was divided by status in 1500’s. Workers got the burnt bottom, family the middle and guests the top, or the ‘upper crust.

Eating meat, pork usually, was a treat and they would hang their bacon to show it off and it was a sign of wealth, thus ‘bring home the bacon’, means money.

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