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Today in Heritage History, May 2, 1536, King Henry VIII accuses Anne Boleyn of adultery and incest. Merriam’s Middle Ages Slang Dictionary cites the same day for the invention of the phrase, “Well,-if-that-isn’t-the-pot-calling-the-kettle-black”*.

 

* Historians believe the phrase was used by Boleyn with the (optional) add-on phrase, “…ya’-rotund-slovenly-ass-bag”, virtually sealing her fate.

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