Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented. It was ruled ‘Gentlemen 
Only…Ladies Forbidden’.. .and thus, the word GOLF entered into the English language.

In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts… So in old England , when 
customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them ‘Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down.’ It’s where we get the phrase ‘mind your P’s and Q’s’.

Many years ago in England , pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. ‘Wet your whistle’ 
is the phrase inspired by this practice.

In the 1400’s a law was set forth   in England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. 
Hence we have ‘the rule of thumb’

Got any more interesting Brit Facts from History?  Write a COMMENT below.

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  1. Whilst writing my book about pub history I discovered that “Mind your Ps and Qs” might also be another kind of warning. When landlords chalked pints and quarts up “on the slate” they weren’t averse to adding a few extra marks. It’s therefore a warning to customers to watch the bill.

    Instead of chalking up on the slate, London Market porters had their drinks marked on a strip of leather or tab, hence “running a tab”. It’s also said to give us the expression “strapped for cash”

    Elaine Saunders
    Author: A Book About Pub Names
    It’s A Book About….blog

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