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Macabre origins of everyday phrases

“Saved by the bell”

buriedalive
Comes from a fear of being buried alive.

A string was tied to the deceased’s wrist and passed through the coffin lid, up through the ground and tied to a bell.

Safety Coffin

 

Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night and listen in case the corpse was not really dead and was ringing the bell.

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