The word 'critical" has three meanings which are dangerous, important, and disapproving. The purpose of this blog is to examine important or over-looked cultural, political, artistic, or historical issues of our time. Also, this blog is intended to be educational.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
The Origins of Common Expressions, No. 20: Spill the Beans
Spill the Beans
Meaning: To reveal a secret
History: In Ancient Greece, beans were used to vote for candidates entering
various organizations. One container for each candidate was set out before the
group members, who would place a white bean in the container if they approved
of the candidate and a black bean if they did not. Sometimes a clumsy voter
would accidentally knock over the jar, revealing all of the beans and allowing
everyone to see the otherwise confidential votes.