Old fashioned dating rituals
It was also an all-you-can-eat buffet unlike anything most people were accustomed to at the time.Putting your elbows on the table meant hogging valuable real estate, and keeping your table neighbors from getting their fair share. Why do we still demand on keeping elbows off the table today?A marriage wasn’t always about a man and woman declaring their love in front of their friends and family.For many centuries, it was about the bride’s family coming up with an appealing dowry—a fancy word for “bribe”—to entice a husband into matrimony.
Showing up to a party with a bottle of wine, or some gift for the host or hostess, feels downright obligatory in today’s age—but the tradition has only been around for less than a century.
Early societies thought pointing at them meant you were trying to cast an evil spell or hex on them.
But the best explanation of why we’re still so uncomfortable with pointing comes from University of Manchester professor Raymond Tallis in his book , who writes that “the pointing finger prods at a vulnerability we all share.
except, weirdly, the part about the bride’s family getting stuck with the bill.
Between the 16th and 19th centuries, women would go out on the town wearing complicated, frilly hoop dresses that weren’t easy to walk around in, much less sit.