“Spooning” … How did it originate?

Here we see Tony Wootton and Gwen Zanzottera give their take on the phrase – “Spooning”. You can get explanations for many more of the English sayings in their book, “By Hook or by Crook”. I got the book when I visited Stratford-upon-Avon last August.


“In Elizabethan times, when a young man went to ‘court’ a girl, he would have to sit with her in the family home, usually under the watchful eyes of her father. The young man would be given a piece of wood which he would have to carve into a spoon, with intricate and romantic patterns on.

This was a love spoon, which he would present to his bride on their wedding day, and so the process of courtship was known as spooning.

Would you fancy your carving skill tested by your father-in-law? Am glad I don’t have to go through the process. But on second thought, it might be good, for then,  I would be forced to pick up a new skill. You won’t know when it may prove to be handy. But I would first make sure that the piece of wood is not too long or big. I wouldn’t want it to be turn into a weapon by the wife.

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One thought on ““Spooning” … How did it originate?

  1. leafless says:

    “Would you fancy your carving skill tested by your father-in-law?”

    Oh dear.

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