To add another dimension to this question, some have argued that there are no true synonyms at all, as every single word carries a different shade of meaning. The word wassail has many meanings. This vocabulary -related article is a stub. Misers like Selden may have had a point: Let him who let the cat out of the bag us up a glass of beer, And better we shall sing. By the turn of the 20th century, carolers were more likely to sing about libations than actually drink them. As the custom of caroling became the dominant door-to-door pastime, alcohol-fueled begging dwindled.
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This routine appearance of cats in the language is no doubt a consequence of them being widely kept as mousers and pets in domestic houses. Subscribe to our Newsletter!
What's the Origin of "Let the Cat out of the Bag"? | Mental Floss
The first known use of the phrase in print that I have found is in a edition of The London Magazine:.
Letting the cat out of the bag
Can also be expressed as "the cat is out of the bag." Bobby let the cat out of the bag when he accidentally mentioned to Amanda the surprise birthday party. One relates to the fraud of substituting a cat for a piglet at markets. If you let the cat out of the bag you disclosed the trick - and avoided buying a pig in a poke. The famous humorist and writer Will Rogers once said, “Letting the cat out of the bag is a whole lot easier than putting it back in.” But where did.
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By the Middle Ages, the practice of sharing a giant bowl of wassail—that is, the practice of wassailing —evolved from a holiday celebration to a form of boozy begging. Pigs were bagged for sale, though, and Richard Hill's Common-place Book from offers some advice to merchants that led to another idiom: Let him bring us up a glass of beer, And better we shall sing.
By the Middle Ages, the practice of sharing a giant bowl of wassail—that is, the practice of wassailing —evolved from a holiday celebration to a form of boozy begging. For starters, ask for beer. The cat o' nine tails story is dubious at best. One relates to the fraud of substituting a cat for a piglet at markets. There are two commonly heard suggested origins of this phrase.
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The cat o' nine tails story is dubious at best. There don't seem to be any recorded links between the phrase and livestock markets, or even much evidence that this sort of con was commomplace. For starters, ask for beer.
There is nothing obvious about why letting a cat out of a bag has anything to do with truth. Let's fact check some popular explanations. Urban legend clearinghouse chicagoartontrack.com rejects this origin based on the idea that “let the cat out of the bag” is recorded before “cat o' nine tails,” but the whip's . The campaign was supposed to have an element of surprise timing, but this coworker had carelessly let the cat out of the bag to a competitor.