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Born with a silver spoon

Happy Friday!!
This weeks Fun Phrase is ” Born with a silver spoon in his mouth.”

Meaning: He got his wealth from inheritance rather than working for it.

History: It is an old tradition for godparents to give their godchild a spoon (perhaps more than one) at the time of christening; among the wealthy, it was usually a silver spoon. Sometimes it was a set of 12, each with a figure of a different apostle at the upper end of the handle, hence the term, apostle spoons. Presumably a child receiving silver spoons was from a wealthy family and would not have to worry about money. Cervantes in Don Quixote (1615) reminds us that it is not so with everybody: ” Every man was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth.”

 

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