DYK: Did you ever receive the short stick?

DYK: Did you know?

The short stick comes from candle making –

Candles were expensive to make, so often reeds were dipped in tallow and burned instead. candlestick-burningWhen visitors came, it was the custom for guests to make their exit by the time the lights went out.

Therefore, if your host didn’t want you to stay very long, he would give you a “short stick.”


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