Interested in Language
I came across the following in a TV serial:
She may have been America's tragic heiress, but she sure
knew how to throw a party.
Look at these photos--hot and cold running servants,
fine food, champagne and wine. That must have been
something to see.
I did a Google search for 'hot and cold running servants' and came across a link that talks about plumbing in the fifteenth century: "The piped water to the tubs ended in sculpted brass taps for hot and cold running water, complementing thehot and cold running servantsfilling the tanks."
So, I take it that the 'hot and cold running servants' filled the hot and cold water tanks. But I did not understand how the characters in the TV serial knew this by looking at the photos. They did not show the photos in the serial, but perhaps the photos showed servants filling in the hot and cold tanks, and that is how they know?
Last edited by MikeNewYork; 04-Jun-2013 at 02:45.
Thanks for the explanation about mansions with many servants. Actually, I was wondering because the mansion in the serial was not that old and it might have had running water (although I don't really know when running water was available in the US without the help of the servants filling the tanks).