Friday, June 30, 2017

A feather in one's cap

In 1599 English writer and traveller Richard Hansard wrote: "It hath been an antient custom among them [Hungarians] that none should wear a fether but he who had killed a Turk, to whom onlie yt was lawful to shew the number of his slaine enemys by the number of fethers in his cappe." It was a symbol of honor and achievement then and remains so today. But most people today would consider sticking a feather in your cap, literally or figuratively, is a bit pretentious. (source)

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