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terry  Male  West Yorkshire 7-Jul-2019 10:19 Message #4744027
When did brides start carrying a bouquet down the aisle, and why?

Where does the word 'threshold' - in the context of a piece of wood underneath a door - originate?

Do you know any of the origins of any other, what used to be, common sayings? such as : "throw the baby out with the bath water", or "fill your boots"
Templar2013  Male  South East London 7-Jul-2019 10:48 Message #4744028
I’d like to think the bouquet was to brighten things up but I have read that a few hundred years ago when people didn’t bath often it was to disguise any body odour.
Beach  Male  Somerset 7-Jul-2019 11:21 Message #4744040
Certainly from Roman times, (and, likely, from earlier hunter/gatherer or prehistoric times), aromatic herbs have often been used at rituals or important gatherings with specific herbal offerings (or flowers) representing different aspects of said ritual.

Certain herbs and flowers also relate to various fertility celebrations and, again, the choice of herb or flower held significant meaning for those involved.

Moving on through Pagan worship and the like, it is easy to appreciate that these customs have long since formalized and become an established fabric of society.

Like gemstones or astrological signs of the zodiac, flowers and herbs all have specific qualities or characters associated with them so it is not, at all, unusual to expect a bride, groom, or even a survivor of some ancient plague, to carry a herb or flower to either celebrate an occasion, bring good fortune … or ward off evil spirits.
tsunamiwarrior  Male  Hertfordshire 7-Jul-2019 20:31 Message #4744139
Fill your boots.
A suggestion was that the phrase originated with the English Cavaliers, who wore thigh-high riding boots. When drinking, rather than stepping outside to relieve himself, a Cavalier apparently had the option of doing so into his boots. Thus, "filling his boots" meant he could drink all he wanted without leaving the table.

Is one explanation.
warmundeft  Male  Wrexham 8-Jul-2019 09:47 Message #4744192
Oh arr ! Before my time, but in yesteryear, the floor of your dwelling was covered with cut grass and herbs, otherwise known as 'thresh' and the piece of timber that prevented this floor covering from sliding out of the door was called . . . you can complete the rest.

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