Posted by Victoria S Dennis on September 07, 2005
In Reply to: Re: Beware of falling pineapples posted by ESC on September 07, 2005
: : : Where does this phrase come from, and what does it mean?
: : This is a wild guess. I went on a tour of an historic home in Frankfort, Ky. One of the four-poster beds had pineapples on each post. A pineapple, the guide said, was a symbol of hospitality. A guest overstayed his welcome and his hostess removed the pineapples from the bed. Maybe the phrase has something to do with that. Or not.
: Good grief. I googled and found I'd told this story before. http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/14/messages/383.html
I'd just like to point out that guides to historic houses (in any country) are among the most notorious purveyors of junk etymology, and therefore any story told by a historic house guide should be regarded with deep suspicion unless borne out by a reliable source. (VSD)