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Dressed to a Tea by Linda Villano

Saturday, December 19th 2015 @ 4:54 PM

Sometimes written as “Dressed to a T”, it’s believed that the phrase, which means well dressed with great attention to detail, has its roots in Victorian England.  

According to 101 THINGS YOU SAY ALL THE TIME: And Have No Idea What You’re Talking About! by Charles Adams, Dressed to a Tea is an abbreviated way of suggesting one is dressed for a tea or “dressed as if going to a tea.  In the Victorian era, high [afternoon] tea was a formal affair and it required that people dressed in appropriate attire.”




Gossip - at every sip a reputation dies, c1899 (Boston Public Library Print Department, New York, NY: Strohmeyer & Wyman, Publishers) No known copyright restrictions. No known restrictions on use.

Fine attire and proper social behavior was an outward expression of one’s good manners and breeding.  Gossip however is human nature, dressed to a tea or not.

 


~ Linda Villano, SerendipiTea
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LINDA VILLANO co-founded SerendipiTea.com in 1995 with Tomislav Podreka. With a passion for all things Tea, she oversees all aspects of the business; including client consulting, concept and design, staff training, sourcing and product development (recipe creations). Having grown up in a family of restaurateurs and chefs, she considers her role as a purveyor of premium teas & tisanes a natural continuation of her family’s culinary tradition.   Linda is a published illustrator and writer. Her illustrations appear in Tomislav Podreka’s book, SerendipiTea: a guide to the varieties, origins and rituals of tea, and she writes articles about tea for trade publications.

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