the sources of some phrases....

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Apr 4 04:50:26 UTC 2000

At 8:56 PM -0700 4/3/00, Benjamin Barrett wrote:
>I would think that bedbugs, still trouble all over the world, are the origin
>of don't let the bugs bite. I think most of the stories sound good, but they
>also sound too good.
Silly me, I thought it was that pesky computer moth...

>------Original Message-----
>-From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On
>-Behalf Of Bradley, Beth M
>-> There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house.
>-This posed a
>-> real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could really
>-> mess
>-> up your nice clean bed.  So, they found if they made beds with big posts
>-> and
>-> hung a sheet over the top, it addressed that problem.  Hence
>-> those beautiful big 4 poster beds with canopies.  I wonder if this is
>-> where
>-> we get the saying Good night and don't let the bed bugs bite........

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