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1 Medieval England and the Origins of Language and Traditions To supplement The Canterbury Tales Dana Moyer

2 Knock on Wood, then Break a Leg Medieval society was superstitious Wood Sprites ruin things Dangerous to dictate hopes near a tree Knocking deafened devious creatures “Break a leg” confuses Sprites

3 Ring Around the Rosy Bubonic Plague Symptom: rosy red circle around the cheeks Herbs (posies) carried in pockets to prevent transmission Victims were cremated Ring around the rosy A pocketful of posies "Ashes, Ashes" We all fall down!

4 Literally Saved by the Bell Overcrowded cemeteries People had been buried alive Bell attached to a string in the coffin “saved by the bell” “graveyard shift” listening for bells ringing

5 Poor Baby! Fathers took baths first Babies last to bathe in the same water Filthy water could hide baby "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."

6 Here Comes the Bride! Women took their yearly bath in May They didn’t yet smell by June Bouquets of flowers mask smell June- Wedding month today

7 Take Cover! Thatch roof Bugs and mice fell through Sheet provided protection Canopy beds

8 Threshold of Wealth Wealthy had slippery stone floors Straw, or thresh, was spread over the floor Wood bar nailed at door to hold it in “Step over the threshold”

9 Pardon My French British considered French vile Any vulgar phrase equated to French Term used before cursing JE M’EXCUSE!

10 Chewing the Fat Meat was rare Sign of wealth for a man to “bring home the bacon” “chew the fat” Socialization expression

11 Bibliography htm


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