What does the expression "pots for rags" mean?

What does the expression "pots for rags" mean?

What exactly does the phrase "pots for rags" mean? It might have been a street yell, implying that the dealer would exchange little pieces of pottery for rags. When I was growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, the rag man with a hand cart or a horse-drawn cart was still a familiar sight. He'd roll through the streets tossing bags of old clothes into his cart.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the expression "pots for rags" first appeared in print in 1765. It means "worthless or insignificant." The original sense of the word "rag" is "a piece of cloth used to wipe something else," which is how we get our word "raiment." The OED also notes that another meaning of "rag" is "a petty coin used in England until the late 18th century." This may help explain the expression "potato money," since potatoes were once considered valuable enough for use as currency.

The expression "pots for rags" has been around for quite some time.

What is the meaning of "rags"?

A discarded piece of fabric b. Rags, plural: clothing in bad or tattered condition. C: rag trade clothes 2: something that resembles a rag 3: a newspaper, particularly a sleazy newspaper.

Rags may be used to describe anything that is old and worn out, such as clothes, cars, and even people. It is also used to describe anything that is insignificant or worthless, such as ideas, feelings, and relationships. In literature, rags are often used to describe characters who are completely lacking in dignity or respect.

The word "ragamuffin" was first used by George Bernard Shaw to describe poor children who lived in railway stations and scrounged food and money from passengers. He used the term as a derogatory one since it suggested they were made up of parts of other things sewn together.

Shaw also used the word "raggedy-ass" to describe children who had been put down by their parents and left to find their own way in life. This too is a negative use of this word.

In conclusion, the meaning of "rag" is anything that is old and worn out, including people. Also, "rags" can be used to describe anything that is insignificant or worthless.

What are rags used for?

Cloth rags are rags produced from old clothing, home fabric, and other comparable materials. They are excellent for cleaning, mopping up spills, trade usage (plumbing, auto repair, washing windows, etc.), craft projects, gardening (such as tying up stakes), garden fill, and many other things. Cloth rags come in a wide variety of colors and styles; you should be able to find one that suits your needs.

Rag books are collections of cloth rags. They can be bought or made by individuals who collect them for use in crafts and hobbies, or sold under the label "rag bag". A rag book is a useful item to have on hand if you enjoy making things with cloth. There are several ways to use cloth rags including making clothes, toys, furniture, and even art.

There are three main types of rag: sewing, craft, and hobby rags.

Sewing rags are the most common type of rag used by seamstresses. They are usually white cotton with some red or blue thread to aid in visualizing which areas of the garment need to be sewn together. These rags are often soft and thin, but can also be thick and sturdy when needed.

Craft rags are best for people who like to make things with clay, paint, stains, and other creative materials.

What does "a pocket full of posies" mean?

"Pocket Full of Posies"—explained to me as packing the pockets of the deceased with flowers to help fend off odor, but it might also relate to "Posie rings" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posie ring). "Ashes, ashes"—as in "ash to ash, dust to dust"—probably refers to cremation.

This phrase is used on headstones and memorials.

Examples: "A Pocket Full of Posies" is a popular euphemism for an empty pocketbook. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, it first appeared in print in 1765. "Ashes, Ashes" is a common expression taken from Ecclesiastes 12:5: "I returned and saw all that he had done; it was evil in all it's ways." First recorded in 1607.

How was paper made from rags?

Rags were converted into pulp a century ago, first by hand washing them and then by storing them in tight containers until half rotten, and once the fiber was virtually gone, they were reduced to pulp either by pounding in a mortar or by a cylinder grinding against the edges of a circular wooden bowl. The beaten rags were then spread out on large tables to dry.

The process of making paper from rags is almost the same as for wood except that you don't want any moisture at all to be present in the rag when it is washed. The water content must be below 8 percent for best results. Then it has to be drained well and hung up to dry. There are two main types of rags: clean and dirty. Clean rags are those without any oil or colorants used in their manufacture. Dirty rags are those that have oils or dyes used in their creation. These can be cleaned with alcohol or detergent and then dried in a hot oven for use in papermaking processes.

When making paper from rags, only thin sheets can be obtained because the fibers are too short to make thick papers. But this doesn't mean that good quality papers cannot be made from old rags! It's just a matter of using different techniques during the manufacturing process.

For example, rough papers can be made by using sandpaper to roughen the surface of the sheet before it is fully dry.

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