Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Ten Medieval phrases we use today
this story on MEDIEVALISTS.NET
A phrase I still use, by hook or by crook:
"Records of this phase date back to the 14th century. One theory for its origin suggests that a medieval law about collecting firewood allowed peasants to take what they could only cut from dead trees by using their reaper’s bill-hooks or a shepherd’s crook."
A second phrase I use, to sink or swim. Now this one I guessed!
"The phrase refers to the water ordeal, a medieval practice of judging whether a person was innocent or guilty by casting him or her into a lake. The belief was that water would not accept anyone who had rejected the water of baptism, so if the victim sunk they were innocent, but if they floated they were guilty. Chaucer used a similar phrase: “Ye rekke not whether I flete (float) or sink”.
I leave you to look at the rest. I bet you use most of them.