“Come into my parlour,” said the spider to the fly
is a misquotation of a line from a rhyme by Mary Howitt.
‘Will you walk into my parlour?’ said a spider to a fly:
‘’Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy.’
The spider is pretending to be friendly to entice its potential victim to become its next meal.
Mary Howitt — photograph in a book
Photo Credit Wikipedia
Bed and breakfast or B&B for short is one way of staying away from home. It is possible to book an overnight stay and breakfast in a hotel, but it is so usual in a guest house that these establishments are often referred to as B&Bs. If three meals a day are provided the accommodation is full-board. Without lunch it is dinner, bed and breakfast or Bed, breakfast and evening meal, which is the same thing. If you arrive too late the Vacancies board may have been turned round to read No vacancies.
Board and lodging may be provided as part of a work contract or a volunteering opportunity.
Hopefully you’ll enjoy your stay or you may need to lodge a complaint. Lodge here means place it in the system. If the landlord says, “I hope you enjoyed your stay”, he may be hoping for a tip.
After three days fish and visitors begin to smell.
Three days is quite a long time to have extra people in your home. As long as there is no problem about them keeping themselves and their clothes clean, in a modern household this saying may no longer apply. However, it is not a good idea to overstay one’s welcome!
Slake your thirst.
When you arrive at your destination after a journey, a cup of tea may be just what the doctor ordered.
Never eat Shredded Wheat and never eat soggy Weetabix are two mnemonics to give the order of the points of the compass. (North, east, south, west.)
To sup with the devil you need a long spoon.
This is a saying I don’t understand. The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase, Saying and Quotation lists it under the heading “Caution”.
In assembly at school we were read a story (more than once) about heaven and hell. They were identical places with huge banqueting tables piled high in the middle with food. The only cutlery available had very long handles, which were necessary to reach the food. It was impossible to feed oneself. In hell everyone was hungry and miserable, but in heaven everyone was feeding and being fed by others.
Don’t darken my doorstep means you are not welcome at my house.
If I’d known you were coming, I’d have baked a cake.
This is said to unexpected afternoon callers, who are fortunate to be offered biscuits.
They only have it for show or for fancy.
This describes something which is not used. In contrast I have heard a hostess at a tea-party telling her guests, “I can cut the cake; we haven’t borrowed it!”
No cake on offer at my new blog Sue’s Trifles, but you are welcome to visit. The more the merrier!
In Luke’s Gospel Chapter 19 verse 5 Jesus said, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” If you don’t know where Zacchaeus had to come down from and what happened next, click the link, which opens in a new tab.