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Idiom ” to wash dirty laundry”


In Germany, there is a idiom that means so much to talk bad about someone. Literally translated as someone washes dirty laundry. But why do we even say anyone washes dirty laundry? The phrase comes from the Middle Ages. At that time, the women of the village met for washing clothes at the village spring or at the river. It was extensively gossip about the misdeeds and missteps of others gossiped. So it became a habit to pass the time washing clothes with the stories about the other villagers. Consequently, the proverbial laundering of dirty laundry was equated with the gossip of the washerwomen.