Ne’er cast a clout

June 1, 2016

Old sayings dept:-      Ne’er cast a clout ’till May be out. There are two interpretations of this saying. Some people think “till May be out” means until we reach the month of June. Others believe the phrase “till May be out” refers to May blossom/the flowering of Hawthorn trees bushes and hedges which here in the UK can be anytime in May, or even in late April. Of course “Clout” or “Clowt” in this instance means clothes (although at other times it can mean to thump/slap/punch someone).

Hedge