> Peter Montgomery wrote:
> A student sent me the piece below. It's not
> documented but it has a ring of truth about it.

Snopes debunks many urban legends and internet myths, including this one.

    Claim: The numerous current sayings listed in the popular "Life in the
    1500s" e-mail sprang from ordinary living conditions in that era.

    Status:   False.

A long explanation follows that.

    Rick Parker