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

History: Although 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.

Cold Meat

Cold Mutton

Cold Pork

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