Category Archives: Manners and Morals

MURDER AT THE DINNER TABLE, MANNERS, KNIVES, FORKS…AND “COURTESY.”

Jerry Anderson   March 9, 2016   Comments Off on MURDER AT THE DINNER TABLE, MANNERS, KNIVES, FORKS…AND “COURTESY.”
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Until the early 1600s knives that were placed at a dinner table had sharp points. Many people ate with their hands and had no utensils of any kind. In France during the reign of King Louis XIII a famous historical figure named Duc de Richelieu ( better known to us as Cardinal Richelieu) was both a Cardinal of the Catholic… Read more »

Why do we say “God bless you” when someone sneezes?

Jerry Anderson   February 29, 2016   Comments Off on Why do we say “God bless you” when someone sneezes?
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In the 7th century A.D. it was common practice for people to respond to someone sneezing by saying words that meant, in effect, “congratulations,” “good job,” or “way to go.” This was done because it was believed that sneezing was the body’s attempt to expel the devil or an evil spirit from the body. Sneezing was a positive thing, the… Read more »

Where does the phrase “Beat the Devil out of them” come from?

Jerry Anderson   January 24, 2016   Comments Off on Where does the phrase “Beat the Devil out of them” come from?
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Puritan parents generally did not dote upon their children. At meals, the adults ate first, sitting at table while the children stood behind the adults, ready to serve them until they were finished eating. When the adults left the table, then, and only then, did the children sit down to eat their meal. In raising children the Puritan parent held… Read more »

“Miss Goody Two Shoes.” Where does the term come from?

Jerry Anderson   January 21, 2016   Comments Off on “Miss Goody Two Shoes.” Where does the term come from?
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Children’s books of the 1780s were very moralistic and were bought by parents in hope of instilling a behavioral message that would make an impression on their children. One of the most popular titles of the day was a children’s novel titled The History of Little Goody Two Shoes. Originally published in London in 1765, it remained a popular children’s book… Read more »