Ever wonder where this saying comes from?
In medieval times, knights and nobles would often ride huge warhorses that were specifically bred for fighting and strength. These horses, called Destriers, often wore just as much plate and mail as their owners that often cost as much as a good set of armor did. When two knights would ride out to parlay they’d tell each other “Step down from thy Destrier” so they could speak as equals.
Eating Humble Pie
Everyone’s heard the saying to “Eat Humble Pie,” but what exactly does it mean?
所有人都听过“Eat Humble Pie”，但是这句话到底什么意思呢?
Well a Humble Pie is a pie made up of a game animal’s minced up “pluck,” which is the heart, liver, lungs and kidneys – usually within deer.
The reason this is referred to as a “Humble” pie is because it is an adaption of the term “Umble,” which itself is an adaptation of the French word “Nomble,” meaning “Deer’s Innards.”
之所以会将之称为“Humble”派，是因为它是从“Umble”这个单词的演变来的，而“Umble”本身又是从法语单词“Nomble”演变来的，在法语里，它的含义是“鹿的内脏”。This type of pie is considered to be lowly and humbling, especially when compared to a good cut of venison, and therefore is why eating humble pie is a statement reflecting someone’s humility.
Living Over The Brush
The term “Living Over The Brush” is used to describe an unmarried couple living together. This is derived from the ancient marriage practice of jumping over a broom to cement a marriage that was unable to be blessed by a religious official. After the exchanging of vows, the couple would hold hands and jump over a broom or brush handle together that was held by the two most respected elders in the village.
“Living Over the Brush”曾经被用来描述那些没有结婚的情侣们住在一起。这是演变于一种古老的婚礼习俗，当婚姻无法被宗教事务官员所祝福，人们会通过跳过扫帚来牢固婚姻。在新人交换过誓言之后，村里最受尊敬的两位老人会一起握着扫帚或者刷子的两端，新人则挽手一起跳过它的柄部。
This practice is still used to cement the coming together of two people in Pagan hand-fasting ceremonies.
The Right-Handed Hand Shake
In most cultures, a right-handed handshake is the standard greeting, be it a greeting between colleagues or friends. This generally originates from medieval times to signify to someone that you aren’t armed, as most fighters would be right-handed swordsmen, and by using the right hand to shake it showed the other party you weren’t going to go for your weapon and cut them down.
As a side note, Scouts and Girl Guides shake hands with their left hand as a visual metaphor for their motto of “Always be Prepared.”
Clinking your glasses together and saying “Cheers!”
The practice of touching your glasses together in cheers originated from Ancient Greece, which was a time where there was every chance someone was trying to poison you. By clinking glasses together you were spilling a bit of your own drink into the other person’s, and vice versa, so if that person was trying to poison you they were poisoning themselves too. So therefore cheers-ing your glasses together became a sign of trust among two parties.
If you’re paranoid like me, then you’d just carefully watch where someone pours the drinks from and never eat or drink something unless you’ve seen someone else already do it.