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February 15, 2015

This and That

An Amazing and Somewhat Weekly Chronicle for the

Bertram Cumberland Presbyterian Church


On February 20th, our church is hosting the winter meeting of Trinity Presbytery.  Our Congregational Care committee has agreed to help coordinate this event by providing cookies for the afternoon break.  If you would be willing to help out with a batch or two of cookies, please let Mog Everett or Janice Garrett know.  Also, Trinity Presbytery will conduct a worship service on that evening around 7:00 PM.  All of you are invited to attend this special service. 

Good and Godly Humor

Here’s some more I recently received this from Billie Veach.  If you wonder why we say certain idioms, this might supply the answer for some:

 BUYING THE FARM: This is synonymous with dying. During WW1 soldiers were given life insurance policies worth $5,000. This was about the price of an average farm so if you died you "bought the farm" for your survivors.

 IRON CLAD CONTRACT: This came about from the ironclad ships of the Civil War. It meant something so strong it could not be broken.

 RIFF RAFF: The Mississippi River was the main way of traveling from north to south. Riverboats carried passengers and freight but they were expensive so most people used rafts. Everything had the right of way over rafts which were considered cheap. The steering oar on the rafts was called a "riff" and this transposed into riff-raff, meaning low class.

 COBWEB: The Old English word for "spider" was "cob".

 SHIP STATE ROOMS: Traveling by steamboat was considered the height of comfort. Passenger cabins on the boats were not numbered. Instead they were named after states. To this day cabins on ships are called staterooms.

 SLEEP TIGHT: Early beds were made with a wooden frame. Ropes were tied across the frame in a crisscross pattern. A straw mattress was then put on top of the ropes. Over time the ropes stretched, causing the bed to sag. The owner would then tighten the ropes to get a better night's sleep.

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