Did you know that …? ”Set the table”:
In the Middle Ages, meals in castles gathered the whole family or a large number of guests. Own tables as we know them today would have been a waste of space for the rest of the time. This is why the “tables” were only planks laid on trestles. “Set the table” meant when we moved the board and the supports where we wanted to eat. Moreover, the “table” as we know it today was not the same name. Since then, the meaning has evolved and the term simply means preparing cutlery and other utensils before getting ready to eat.
Source: Site web de L’internaute.com, expression de la langue française, translated by Anick Giroux
Originally published on Coeur en Fête Facebook : November 25 2012.