Friday, March 26, 2010

Best bib and tucker

Dedicated to Roger and Tadek

Are you in your best bib and tucker?

Probably not, on casual Friday.

You might know the word bib from the thing you put under a baby's chin when you feed them.

But what about tucker? Well, it was a piece of material that went down the front of a lady's dress - and was tucked in.

These days, nobody remembers about these old origins but we do use the phrase to describe someone who is dressed very smartly, particuarly for a special occasion such as a wedding.

One of the few times in Britain when people dress up in their best bib and tucker is the horse race meeting at Royal Ascot. The Queen goes and on the day called Ladies' Day, the ladies wear fancy frocks and crazy hats.

Of course, the only acceptable drink is Champagne!!