Just because…..

I am writing this….Just because I am intrigued by mottos, slogans and phrases. I am sure, at some point in your life, you have known someone who went scot-free from serious crimes. Remember the case of Casey Anthony? She did not report her daughter, 2 year old Caylee Anthony, missing for more than a month. Little Caylee’s remains were found by a meter reader  in a wooded lot less than a half mile from the family home. Casey was charged with murder but after her trial she went “scot-free.” A more recent case is the Jussie Smollett fairy tale which is currently playing out in the news.

But where did the phrase scot-free originate? The explanation will be in the very interesting link following this post. If you choose to believe the U.S. Supreme Court: Dred Scott v. Sandford theory; note that, without the history that paved the way for “scot-free” the Democrats could still be happy slave owners today.



-Sheila Tolley-


2 thoughts on “Just because…..

  1. This idiom is believed to have originated during the American Civil War. When wounded soldiers needed to be operated on and there were no painkillers available, army doctors often gave the patients a bullet to bite on to focus their attention on the biting instead of the painful operation. Patients could either choose to die or ‘bite the bullet’ and face the extremely painful operation!

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