Good Night Sleep Tight
1. In 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. Hence the phrase "goodnight, sleep tight"
2. It 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.
3. In 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"
4. Many 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 this practice.
6. In Scotland, a new game was invented. It was entitled Gentlemen
Only, Ladies Forbidden.... and thus the word GOLF entered into the English