What is the origin of "gone to pot"?

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  1. JimTxMiller profile image77
    JimTxMillerposted 5 years ago

    What is the origin of "gone to pot"?

    All of us "of a certain age" have no doubt heard the expression "gone to pot." Any ideas on its origins? What does it mean to you?

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    elderadvisorposted 5 years ago

    The saying goes back to the days of the Industrial Revolution. When a factory worker found a defective part that they could not use, they would send it off of the assembly floor and back the smelting room.   The defective part would then be melted down in a pot and recast.   Start over and try again!

    1. Sherry Hewins profile image95
      Sherry Hewinsposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      That's an interesting answer. I didn't know what the saying meant, but it always made me think of a "pot belly."

    2. JimTxMiller profile image77
      JimTxMillerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Second favorite answer in my quick Google poll, Elder. I've also found it linked to jewelers melting down bits of broken gold and silver. I think I prefer this association with metal workers over the cooking pot, but both seem valid. Thanks!

  3. annart profile image89
    annartposted 5 years ago

    elderadvisor is no doubt correct.  A similar idea is that all the left overs from other meals go into the pot, to be used for a soup or something similar the next day, hence the same idea of being no good on its own but being useful when put with other food and re-constituted.

    1. JimTxMiller profile image77
      JimTxMillerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Actually, Ann, the cooking pot was the most referenced answer in my quick Google poll, cited much more than the melting pot. Thanks for playing!

    2. annart profile image89
      annartposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you kindly for selecting me for best answer.

 
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