Historical Word Trivia

Orlan Smith shares with us the origins and original meanings of words that may have fallen into disuse or have been redefined over time.


Chewing the fat & “Bring home the bacon”

Chewing the fat

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could:

“Bring home the bacon”

They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and chew the fat.

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Orlan Smith