Thursday, August 20, 2009

The meaning of roses: 1823

ROSE. Under the rose; privately or secretly. The rose was, it is said, sacred to Harpocrates, the god of silence, and therefore frequently placed in the ceilings of rooms destined for the receiving of guests; implying, that whatever was transacted there, should not be made public.
--From Grose's classical dictionary of the vulgar tongue--

Of course you can't tell anyone the meaning, because I have it under a rose.

1 comment:

Trooper York said...

That's why they had the War of the Roses.

They never have the War of the Petunias, now do they?