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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
The Origins of Common Expressions, No. 17: Give the Cold Shoulder
A Medieval Feast
Meaning: A rude way of telling someone he isn’t welcome
giving someone the cold shoulder today is considered rude, it was actually
regarded as a polite gesture in medieval England. After a feast, the host would
let his guests know it was time to leave by giving them a cold piece of meat
from the shoulder of beef, mutton, or pork.