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Bringing home the bacon... - Eat Your Words
“Bringing home the bacon” means bringing home the money that your family will live on. You have to work, right, because someone in the house needs to “bring home the bacon”. The history of the expression is a little up in the air, but several sources link it to the Dunmow Flitch Trials, a 4 yearly festival that started in the 1100s in the village of Great Dunmow in Essex, where if you are married, you can compete to win a whole side of bacon (a WHOLE one!) and ALL you have to do is convince the judges that in the entire time since your wedding day, there has not been ONE SECOND that you have wished that you were NOT married to your spouse. Not one second. Your marriage has been one long sea of delight, even when you are asleep. Easy, yes? I mean, it might win you a whole side of bacon. I’d say anything for that. More about this particularly odd festival in our Sixy Guide to British Festivals. Today, on Saturday 2nd September, it is International Bacon Day. No, I hadn’t heard of it either, until Dominic texted to say he was celebrating it in …