The History of Bacon: Part 2

In the name of bacon! Such a funny saying, when you think about it. I ask you, what’s in a name of such delicious cured breakfast meat? Where doth thou come from and where will thou goeth? No one truly thinks about the origin of the things we’re so accustomed to but for the second part of this series, that’s exactly what we’re going to explore.

For starters the word ‘bacon’ literally means ‘back of an animal’ and it comes from both Germanic word ‘Bakkon’ and the Frankish word ‘Bako’. These were later adapted into a synonym for the word ‘Flitch’ which literally translates to ‘side of cured pig meat’. However, by the 14th century the word ‘Flitch’ became lost and bacon reigned supreme forever!

Throughout history this amazing slice of meat has made its mark on the world. It has traversed the world and created an abundance of rarely known facts that are definitely entertaining and equally amazing. Like that fact that it’s one of the oldest cuts of meat in the world (dating back to as early at 1500 BC!).  Or the fact that bacon was so praised in the 16th century that many European peasants (of various countries) would often proudly display their finest cut of bacon to the public. Yet none of these top the story of ‘Bringing home the bacon.’

‘Bringing home the bacon’ is a common phrase, no need to argue that point. However, the origin of this phrase dates back to a 12th century church in England. This church (located in Dunmow) offered a simple decree, “A side of bacon to any man who could swear before god and the congregation that he had not fought or quarreled with his wife for one year and a day”.

Shortly after, any man that could ‘bring home the bacon’ became highly respected and revered within the community. This impeccable use of speech continued to carry forward onto the modern day, where we shall explore further in the third and final part of these series.