DYK: Have you gone to pot? It doesn’t mean what you think

DYK: Did you know?

Around 1542, when the phrase first appeared, “to go to pot” was to be cut up like chunks of meat destined for the stew pot.old wash pot

When farm animals outlived their usefulness such as a hen that no longer laid eggs would literally go to pot. It was cooked and eaten.

Such a stew was usually the last stop for the remnants of a once substantial cut of meat or poultry, so “going to pot” made perfect sense as a metaphor for anything, from a national economy to a marriage, that had seen better days.

Vinegar of the Four Thieves was a recipe that was known for its antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic and antifungal properties for years. It was even used to cure the Bubonic Plague. See Thomas Jefferson’s recipe in VINEGAR OF THE FOUR THIEVES: Recipes & curious tips from the past

Vinegar of the Four Thieves: Recipes & Curious Tips from the Past (Paperback)
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Vinegar of the Four Thieves: Recipes & Curious Tips from the Past (Paperback)

By (author):  Causey, Donna R

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