Sunday, April 11, 2010

A Little Bit Of History


My in laws shared this with us in an email and I thought I would share it with all of you.
In Marble Arch, London there is an old Hotel/Pub which used to have gallows adjacent to it. A prisoner, who was to be hung, was taken in a horse drawn dray, accompanied by a guard, who would stop the dray outside the pub. The guard would ask the prisoner if he would like "ONE LAST DRINK".
If the prisoner said yes it was referred to as, "ONE FOR THE ROAD" and if he declined that prisoner was "ON THE WAGON"
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They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot and then once a day it was taken and sold to the tannery.
If you had to do this to survive you were "Piss Poor". Worse then that were the really poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot they "Didn't have a pot to piss in" and they were the lowest of the low.

8 comments:

Kay Dennison said...

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm This is really interesting!!!

I love etmology

Looking to the Stars said...

Kay, I love the studies of causes, orgins and reasons also :)

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

How interesting! Thanks for sharing that.

Looking to the Stars said...

Elizabeth, thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you found it as interesting as I did :)

黃政弘 said...

Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.......................................................

Looking to the Stars said...

Birch Crown, yes knowledge is a treasure :)

Beth Niquette said...

Good lands--I just learned a bunch of new things--isn't it odd what history there is behind words? Just amazing. Thanks for sharing these!

Looking to the Stars said...

Beth, glad you enjoyed it. I found it fascinating :)