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> Why do men’s clothes have buttons on the right while women’s clothes have buttons on the left?

> When buttons were invented, they were very expensive and worn primarily by the rich. Since most people are right-handed, it is easier to push buttons on the right through holes on the left. Because wealthy women were dressed by maids, dressmakers put the buttons on the maid’s right!
> And that’s where women’s buttons have remained since.

> Why do ships and aircraft use ‘mayday’ as their call for help?


This comes from the French word m’aidez -meaning ‘help me’ - and is pronounced, phonetically, 'mayday.'

> Why are zero scores in tennis called ‘love’?


In France, where tennis became popular, the round zero on the scoreboard looked like an egg and was called ‘l’oeuf,’ which is French for ‘the egg.’ When tennis was introduced in the US, Americans (mis)pronounced it 'love.'

> Why do X’s at the end of a letter signify kisses?


In the Middle Ages, when many people were unable to read or write, documents were often signed using an X. Kissing the X represented an oath to fulfill obligations specified in the document.
> The X and the kiss eventually became synonymous.

> Why is shifting responsibility to someone else called ‘passing the buck’?


In card games, it was once customary to pass an item, called a buck, from player to player to indicate whose turn it was to deal. If a player did not wish to assume the responsibility of dealing, he would ‘pass the buck’ to the next player.

> Why do people clink their glasses before drinking a toast ?


It used to be common for someone to try to kill an enemy by offering him a poisoned drink. To prove to a guest that a drink was safe, it became customary for a

host to pour a small amount of his drink into the glass of the guest.

Both men would drink it simultaneously.
> When a guest trusted his host, he would only touch or clink the host’s glass with his own.

> Why are people in the public eye said to be ‘in the limelight’?


Invented in 1825, limelight was used in lighthouses and theaters by burning a cylinder of lime which produced a brilliant light.
> In the theatre, a performer ‘in the limelight’ was the center of attention.

> Why is someone who is feeling great ‘on cloud nine’ ?


Types of clouds are numbered according to the altitudes they attain, with nine being the highest cloud. If someone is said to be on cloud nine, that person is floating well above worldly cares.

> In golf, where did the term ‘Caddie’ come from ?


When Mary Queen of Scots went to France as a young girl, Louis, King of France, learned that she loved the Scots game 'golf.'

He had the first course outside of Scotland built for her enjoyment.
> To make sure she was properly chaperoned (and guarded) while she played, Louis hired cadets from a military school to accompany her.
> Mary liked this a lot and when she returned to Scotland (not a very good idea in the long run), she took the practice with her.

In French, the word cadet is pronounced ‘ca-day’ and the Scots changed it into 'caddie.'

> Why are many coin collection jar banks shaped like pigs ?


Long ago, dishes and cookware in Europe were made of a dense orange clay called ‘pygg’. When people saved coins in jars made of this clay, the jars became known as ‘pygg banks.’ When an English potter misunderstood the word, he made a container that resembled a pig. And it caught on!


Aaaah… is interesting to learn the origin of words and traditions - thanks…

Nothing contentious in this one?? Answered a lot of questions. Nice to see your still here.

I knew mayday already but the others were new to me. I wish women’s buttons were moved to the right as my left hand has little feeling and buttons are even tricker now!

Sorry for the random text but my cursor keeps going back to the start of each line - there’s a new problem each day

Tracey x

How odd - first my cursor kept going to the start of each line making text appear in the odd order and now half the post has vanished

And GOLF is Gentlemen Only - Ladies Forbidden. But now - at long last St.Andrews golf club now allows lady members. How did they get away

with it for so long! Especially, as ladies are much better at sport then men. Our ladies Football/Rugby/Cricket teams are much more successful then the men… And more exciting to watch. No spitting - or rearranging their balls. And rolling around in supposed agony after just a nudge.

Let the ladies play.

This isn’t the place to be talking about attacking genitalia.That looks racist when read from a certain angle.Maybe our girls are more liberated than anywhere else so they have time to get good at their chosen pastime and their menfolk aren’t frightened of girls understanding the offside rule or sledging without snow…I’ll let you explain that if there’s any need

S xx

Very interesting Wb, I was expecting a joke at the end though

Where’s the joke??? They got you didn’t they! you’ve been Chipped and barcoded.

Pauline x

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History is fascinating isn’t it. :slight_smile:

Very interesting. I thought men’s buttons were on the right so they don’t catch when they are drawing their swords.

Like we drive on the left as we always jousted by holding the lances in the right hand, same with polo mallets.

I’m with the others… you always post jokes, was looking for the punch line.


Jen x

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