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Monday, June 11, 2012

Why Do We Say It?

Cold Shoulder:
What is the origin of the phrase expressing disinterest, "give the cold shoulder"?

The allusion is to a shoulder of meat. A common way-farer stopping at a farmhouse and asking for a meal would probably be given cold food. And since the common food of early England was mutton, he would be "given a cold shoulder." (Why Do We Say It, pg 63)

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