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Re: You've made your bed now you have to lay in it

Posted by ESC on January 12, 2009 at 20:52

In Reply to: You've made your bed now you have to lay in it posted by Tammy on January 12, 2009 at 18:02:

: What is the origin of the idiom 'you've made your bed now you have to lay in it'?


YOU'VE MADE YOUR BED, NOW LIE IN IT -- A variation is "You've made your bed, now lie in it." The phrase "has been traced back to about 1590 and is related to the fifteenth century French proverb 'Comme on faict son lict, on le treuve' (As one makes one's bed, so one finds it). It was included in George Herbert's collection of proverbs in 1640 and in James Kelly's collection in 1721. It was first attested in the United States in 'Cy Whittaker's Place' by J.S. Lincoln, and is found in varying forms..." "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996). Page 399.