40 Common Sayings with Surprising Origins You Never Would Have Guessed

December 15, 2016 3:15 pm  |  Comments: 1  | Views: 111566

Give the Cold Shoulder

Meaning: Being unwelcoming or antisocial toward someone; Ignoring, or rudely snubbing someone

Origin: In medieval England, it was customary to give a guest a cold piece of meat from the shoulder of mutton, pork, or beef chop when the host felt it was time for the guest to leave. This was a polite way to communicate, “You may leave, now.”

Sources: List25, Know your Phrase, History.com

1 Comment

  • William Fritz says:

    That’s not a bullet – it’s a cartridge – often, in modern times, referred to as a “bullet.” The “bullet” soldiers bit was just a bullet, the part of a cartridge that actually leaves the gun. Then, the parts of a modern cartridge were separate and had to be muzzle-loaded separately. The bullet was one piece of this so could be bitten.

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