With all due respect:

Eric Lewis, Technical Mgr
West Chester, PA 19380

On Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 11:04 AM, Fred Hueston <fhueston@gmail.com> wrote:

In the 1500's the floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. 
Hence the saying, "Dirt poor."
The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery 
in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. 
As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, 
it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way. 
Hence: a “thresh hold.”

Frederick M. Hueston PhD

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