Dead Ringer
Posted: 13 June 2007 02:02 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Joined  2007-06-13

I heard this term was coined during the black plague.  People would have a rope tied to their wrist connected to a bell to ensure they were not buried alive.  This sounds fishy to me.  Anyone know the actual origin?

Posted: 13 June 2007 02:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Joined  2007-01-31

You’re right to doubt that story; it’s completely bogus.  “Dead ringer” only goes back to the late 19th century; see an old discussion of it here.

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