Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames
by ropes when you pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened,
making the bed firmer to sleep on. That's where the phrase,
'goodnight, sleep tight' came from.
term "the whole 9 yards" came from W.W. II fighter
pilots in the Pacific. When arming their airplanes on
the ground, the .50 caliber machine gun ammo belts measured
exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage.
If the pilots fired all their ammo at a target, it got
"the whole 9 yards."
phrase, "rule of thumb" is derived from an old
English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife
with anything wider than your thumb.
was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that
for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would
supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink.
Mead is a honey beer, and because their calendar was lunar
based, this period was called the "honey month"
or what we know today as the "honeymoon."
English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in
old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender
would yell at them to mind their own pints and quarts
and settle down. It's where we get the phrase, "Mind
your P's and Q's."
years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked
into the rim or handle of their ceramic cups. When they
needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service.
"Wet your whistle," is the phrase inspired by
ancient England, a person could not have sex unless they
had consent of the King. When anyone wanted to have a
baby, they got consent from the King and the King gave
them a placard to hang on thier door during the act. The
placard had the letters F.U.C.K. (Fornication Under Consent
of the King) written upon it.