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Fun Fact December 30, 2020

30 December 2020

I’m not going to beat around the bush!  According to Know Your Phrase dot com the origin of the idiom ‘beating around the bush’ is associated with hunting. In medieval times, hunters hired men to beat the area around bushes with sticks in order to flush out game taking cover underneath. They avoided hitting the bushes directly because this could sometimes prove dangerous; whacking a bees nest, for example, would prematurely end an otherwise enjoyable outing.  The earliest known use of the phrase is found in a poem from around 1440. Today to beat around the bush means to stall or avoid answering a question. 

Fun Fact December 30, 2020