Why do we say, Ill be there with bells on? The history behind it ?
Asked by Shan Real, 09 Nov '09 02:49 am
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To be somewhere with \"bells on\" refers to a practice peddlers had when they roamed the area west of the Appalachians selling wares. To avoid Indians, they traveled as silently as possible until they reached a settled area. Then they unmuffled bells hung around their horses necks to announce their arrival to outlying cabins. Hence, \"I\'ll be there with bells on.\" The peddlers\' arrival was a much anticipated major event in the mostly tedious and hard lives of settlers, not only for the goods they sold, but also for the news, letters, and messages they carried from the outside world. Be there with bells on. Arriving \'with bells on\' -- meaning happy and delighted to attend -- goes back to the days before automobile, when it was the custom to deck out with the fanciest harness the horse that drew the carriage for special occasions. That, of course, was the harness \'with bells on.\'\" From the \"Morris Dictionary of Word Phrase O ...moreAnswered by Pardeep kapoor, 09 Nov '09 03:05 am
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