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Let bygones be bygones

Posted by ESC on October 07, 2000

In Reply to: Let bygone's be bygone's posted by Maddog on October 05, 2000

: "Let bygone's be bygone's" (Most likely incorrectly spelled). Don't worry or fret about something that happened in the past? Let the past be the past and move on? Do you know where this came from?

LET BYGONES BE BYGONES - "Forget the past and don't hold a grudge. The saying has been traced back to Robert Pitscottie's "Chronicles of Scotland" : 'Byganes to be byganes.' In 1648, Sir Frances Nethersole used the 'Let bygans be bygans' form which is still current today. First cited in the United States in 'Diary of Cotton Mather' .." From "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).