Friday, June 15, 2007

Our English Language

England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave.

When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell.

Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift.) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be, saved by the bell or was considered a dead ringer.



And that's the truth...Now, whoever said History was boring ! !

Got that in an e-mail today from a Conroe, Texas, friend.

There were more.

Note: The above is not the true meaning or the source of this saying, a dead ringer. Click here to find the truth.

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Jim - Dead Ringer? Who knew?... Very interesting, but what kind of a job is that? ~ Hope you had a GREAT Father's Day and welcome back! ~ jb///
 
I'm not going to click the link because I am happy with your explanation.
 
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