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Re: Stick your spoon in the wall, to die

Posted by ESC on March 02, 2009 at 13:17

In Reply to: Stick your spoon in the wall, to die posted by Mike Shoemake on March 02, 2009 at 08:06:

: Stick your spoon in the wall, to die. Where did this saying originate?

Here's a theory from the archives:


Stuck his Spoon in the Wall: Took up his residence. Sometimes it means took up his long home, or died. In primitive times a leather strap was very often nailed to the wall, somewhere near the fireplace, and in this strap were stuck such things as scissors, spoons for daily use, pen-case, and so on. In Barclay's Ship of Fools is a picture of a man stirring a pot on the fire, and on the wall is a strap with two spoons stuck into it.

Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, http://www.bootlegbooks.com/Reference/PhraseAndFable/data/1185.html