Question by  Fred63 (42)

Where did the phrase "tying the knot" come from?

Was that ever literal?


Answer by  chet13 (332)

The phrase came from the ancient Romans where as a woman would wear a girdle that would be tied in a knot. Before the marriage would be official, the groom would have to untie the knot.


Answer by  sailoryue (853)

yes it was once literal. in old times the priest would take a rope and wrap it around the bride and groom's hands and tie it in a knot. these days they use a ribbon.

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