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    The origin of sayings



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    We use sayings every day often without a second thought , this one is interesting

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    An alternative explanation is interesting Traditionally a cast would line up for their bows: they would fully bow to the King's box on one side, then fully bow to the Queen's on the other. Then, if the audience were still applauding, they would do a bent knee bow to the audience in general, bending the knee being "breaking the leg".
    The "break a leg" wish is that you get such a long applause

    Perhaps we will never truly know, Our langage is littered with sayings what is your favourite ?

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    Yeah it’s true that we often ‘Flippently’ throw phrases around without knowing there origin don’t we, this might be a good thread Chanda !.

    Swing a Cat
    Ring a Ring a Roses

    Some have a darker side don’t they
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nesting Zombie View Post
    Yeah it’s true that we often ‘Flippently’ throw phrases around without knowing there origin don’t we, this might be a good thread Chanda !.

    Swing a Cat
    Ring a Ring a Roses

    Some have a darker side don’t they
    Swing a cat a naval saying not enough room to swing the cat of nine tails when flogging a sailor

    ring of roses ....something to do with the black plague

    a lot of sayings seem to have a military background or sporting

    Rule of thumb was a sinister one apparently totally legal to beat your wife with a stick providing no thicker than the thumb

    Our language is very rich Nesty Womble

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    Ahhhh, Now THATS interesting,
    I always thought that the reference to -
    ‘Not enough room to swing a Cat’
    Referred to when the Plague was upon us the VERY misguided & uneducated people of that time blamed the Cat for spreading the Death, So the crown & probably the Church employed Cat catchers that was paid by the Tail, & As the Dwellings was Very small & Close together they took the poor feline outside to despatch it on one of the Supporting posts !

    Now where I got that from I really don’t know but it proves the point of the thread Beautifuly !
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    both explanations make absolute sense

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    Quote Originally Posted by channa View Post


    Rule of thumb was a sinister one apparently totally legal to beat your wife with a stick providing no thicker than the thumb


    Channa
    And they say people were uncivilised in those days
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    Quote Originally Posted by alcam View Post
    And they say people were uncivilised in those days
    Pretty sure that one was never real. Sure I read that it was something suggested by one nutcase judge who was widely condemned and never actually became a law.

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    Well I’m going to go cut me a whooping stick,
    Now where did I put my thumb!

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    Quote Originally Posted by channa View Post
    [...]Rule of thumb was a sinister one apparently totally legal to beat your wife with a stick providing no thicker than the thumb [...]
    I've heard an alternative explanation. "Rule of thumb" comes from the way that parts of the hand are used for estimation. If you just need a rough estimate, just use your thumb as a measuring stick (or "rule").

    For example: Artists use a stick and the end of their thumb to approximate relative size to get the correct proportions on canvas. Boat builders of old used their open and closed hand as well as their thumb to estimate thickness of timbers to select matching materials (the thumb is approximately 1" thick). Astronomers use their hand in various configurations to estimate angular sizes: the thumb is approximately 2° at arm's length; other angles estimated from the hand are 25°, 15°, 10°, 5° and 1°. (FWIW, the top joint of most people's little finger subtends about one degree at arm's length. The Moon subtends about half a degree, so your little finger can completely cover the Moon at arm's length!)
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