Babies and Bath Water

I have a few snippets about English customs and English language sayings.The fun part is that many are shared when one visits William Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon. Then I read them more recently and decided to share.

After all they make me smile 😛 .

In the 1500s, most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June . However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

What does it say about us still doing the same old thing?

But there is the one I really like because it is a favorite saying.

Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children. Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying:

Don’t throw the baby out with the Bath water..

Yuk!


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