"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Saturday, 30 March 2013

To take meat before grace

The phrase to take meat before grace is not what it seems.  To begin a meal before saying grace would at one time have been extremely impolite and certainly frowned upon in better households. But the phrase was actually a subtle way of referring to the taking of conjugal pleasures before marriage and that was even naughtier!

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