Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Baker's Dozen Day

Isn't 'baker's dozen' an interesting expression.  Dozen may be one of the earliest primitive groupings.  It is also known as a devil's dozen or long dozen.  

The expression came about with baked goods, as a way for bakers to avoid being blamed for shorting their customers.  Bakers had to sell goods by the dozen at a specific weight.  The expression evolved over the centuries to further variations around this intent.

While most things aren't sold by the dozen anymore, we still an buy a dozen eggs.  This is common everywhere. They started out being sold by the dozen to match up with the Anglo-Saxon and Roman systems of measurement.  One egg could be sold for a penny or 12 for a shilling.  This persisted in the American colonies, after the revolution.  And it just stayed after that.

What else is in the dozen group?
12 hours on a clock face
12 months in a year
12 signs of the zodiac
12 grades under college level 
12 Tribes of Israel
12 Apostles of Jesus
Sold by the dozen: roses, donuts, batteries
12 Days of Christmas 
12 Olympians
12 Jurors on a jury

Our Valentine's pictures today started at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota.  

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