On a trip to England, many years ago,my family and I visited Stratford-Upon -Avon, the home of William Shakespeare. On the tour, the guide spoke about the origins of several English expressions and some customs which were quite fascinating.

The explanations below are based upon the information given to us on that tour.

Click on the ones that interest you.

1) June weddings and floral bouquets

2) "Don't throw the baby away with the bath water."

3)"It's raining cats and dogs."

4)Origin of canopy beds.

5)"Dirt poor."


7)"Pot Luck"

8) " Bring Home the Bacon" & "Chew the Fat"

9) "Square Meal" and "Trench mouth

10)"Upper crust

11. A wake; Saved by the Bell, Dead Ringer

12) "bon fires"

13) "Box office"

14) "Frog in the throat"

15)Board expressions

"above board"
"chairman of the board"
" turn the tables"
"bed and board"

16) "cubbies"

17)"Burning the candle at both ends"

18) "Rule of thumb"

19) "slippers"

20) "sleep tight


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