After last week’s comic and the comments that followed, I got to thinking about the phrase, “don’t let the bed bugs bite” and how incredibly creepy it was to hear this before bed as a child. I looked about the origins but only could find one that is probably not too accurate. It has to do with the construction of beds way back when. Mattress frames were slats of wood held by rope. If the rope was loose the mattress might sag and hit the floor allowing bed bugs to crawl up. So you wanted to ‘sleep tight” in order to avoid the bed bugs. However Webster’s explains that the word tight was used at that time much like the word sound, as in to sleep soundly or to get a good night’s rest. That makes sense. I really don’t know how the bed bug bit got added, but it’s been responsible for many cases of ‘the willies’ across the globe.
As for the little critters, they are not a myth. Bed bugs are very very tiny nocturnal insects that feed on human or animal blood. They are so tiny you might have them and not even know it. But hey, everyone needs to eat. You have plenty of blood so no harm done. Sharing is caring!
Sweet dreams. I’ll see you next week. 🙂