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    to hang crepe

    In the sentence below what does 'hanging crepe' mean?

    Give it another shot. Let's not start hangin' crepe, okay?

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    Re: to hang crepe

    Ah - one of my favorite sayings!! .

    In the olden days, a piece of black material, called crepe, was placed over the door to indicate a death in the family.

    So when someone says, "Let's not hang the crepe," it means: let's not announce the death or end of something, or be full of gloom, before it really happens.

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    Re: to hang crepe

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    Ah - one of my favorite sayings!! .

    In the olden days, a piece of black material, called crepe, was placed over the door to indicate a death in the family.

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    I expect it originated in one of the 'originally' French states (like Loiusiana). This tradition is still observed today (or at least in the late 20th century) - or so I was told when we met the word in a Jacques Prévert poem.

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    Re: to hang crepe

    ...and another quote from that part of the USA:

    "There's crepe on every steamboat that ploughs those streams..."
    (from Steamboat Bill). I guess I should have said 'plows'. )

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    Re: to hang crepe

    Crepe is simply a crinkled material, still used today in skirts. Crepe is also used to describe crepe paper, a crinkled style of craft paper. Crepe is used in banners, to since it drapes nicely in a curve.

    The crepe in the original post is the black material that would drape across the door, signifying mourning.

    The crepe used on a boat would probably be a banner; We hang these across the front of the house for the Amercian Fourth of July holiday - red/white and blue.

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