Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Who Wears the Pants?

Sometimes we think we've been using an expression of rather modern origin, only to discover:



This farcical cartoon, entitled "The Battle Royale, or Who Wears the Breeches," published 1774. From the Lewis Walpole Library.

3 comments:

Kathleen Wall said...

Thanks for sharing that. It's fascinating how long some of the expressions we use everyday have been around.

gentlewomanthief said...

Haha - love it! What a great illu! Thanks a lot for sharing this - I had no idea...

Rowenna said...

Isn't it funny? Plus I love the caricatured faces and details like the man's stocking falling down!