Now You Know
What exactly is a “family circle”?
When the early Normans brought fire indoors
they built semicircular
open fireplaces. To keep warm at night or
when the air was cool, the
family would sit in a semicircle opposite
the one formed by the hearth,
creating a complete circle where they would
spend time telling stories
or singing songs within what they called
the “family circle.” When
neighbours were included, it became “a circle
Why do we call wealthy members of society
“the upper crust”?
In the days of feudalism, when noblemen gathered
for a meal in the
castle, those of higher rank sat at the head
of a T-shaped table, and the
rest sat in order of diminishing importance
away from them. For such
occasions a yard-long loaf of bread was baked,
and the honour of making
the first cut belonged to the highest-ranking
person at the head
table, who would then pass the bread down
in order of rank, but always
keeping for himself the “upper crust.
Why do we say that someone with a hidden
agenda has “an axe to grind”?
As a boy, Benjamin Franklin was sharpening
tools in his father’s yard
when a stranger carrying an axe came by and
praised the boy on how
good he was with the grindstone. He then
asked Franklin if he would
show him how it would work on his own axe.
Once his axe was sharpened,
the stranger simply laughed and walked away,
Franklin a valuable lesson about people with
“an axe to grind.”
Why is a newcomer called a “rookie”?
A rookie is anyone new to an organization
requiring teamwork and
whose lack of experience may cause errors.
The word originated in the
American military during the Civil War when
massive numbers of
young and untrained soldiers were rushed
into battle, causing major
problems with discipline. The veterans called
“reckies,” an abbreviation of recruits, which
through time became
From The Book Titled "Now You Know"
by Doug Lennox