DYK: The real meaning of “set the table”

colonial table


Did you know that….

In olden days, space was limited so to “set the table” meant you had to take the board hanging from the rafter in the kitchen and “set” it on trestle legs where the meal would be eaten.  For example, “set the table” in front of the fireplace or “set the table” in front of the window. This is also the “board” referred to in room and board and bed and board.