Saturday’s column noted the origin of the term “threshold.” The origin of this food stuff recognizes a slab of bacon as a sign of a wealthy man who “could really bring home the bacon.”
As noted in a previous column, sharing the bacon led to guests “chewing the fat.” The wealthy had plates of pewter while the poor used rarely washed wooden bowls called “trenchers.” Bacteria and worms got into the wood causing cases of “trench mouth”.
In England, limited space meant re-using graves for burials. Some coffins displayed scratch marks for those buried alive. A string tied on the wrist of a dead person was attached to a bell above ground. Someone on the “graveyard shift” would identify a “dead ringer” or someone “saved by the bell.”