Before we knew how disease spread, medicine was as much superstition as it was science. And in the small New England towns of the 1800s, there is a belief that consumption can only be stopped by making sure the dead are actually dead.
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The narrator asserts that the phrase "saved by the bell" originates from coffins with bell attachments that those buried alive could use to be rescued. This is incorrect. In fact, the expression is boxing slang and it came into being in the latter half of the 19th century. A boxer who is in danger of losing a bout can be 'saved' from defeat by the respite signaled by bell that marks the end of a round. See more
Written by Chad Hamilton Lawson See more