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Beware of falling pineapples

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on September 07, 2005

In Reply to: 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. //

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)