Hang on - do WHAT to your eyes? PEEL THEM? How many times have you used this expression without actually thinking about it? Have you ever wondered where these type of sayings come from? This one, in particular, intrigued me, so here's the story behind it.
Others claim that it was first used in 1833 on the frontier in its previous form "keep your eyes skinned". Others, still, claim that it originated in London in the 1820s and came from the 'peelers' or 'bobbies' - the police officers of the first organised police force established by Robert Peel.
Happy now? Nope, me either. I was hoping for something far more macabre and/or interesting than just a literal meaning. So, I give you the story of Bodhidharma and the origin of tea.
Tea was originally regarded as a medicinal beverage, and was limited to the ceremonial and medicinal needs of the elite. My, how times change.
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