Piss Poor

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Native Americans tanned hides by peeing on hem to soften the skin. Early American settlers did the same. So they urinated into a covered pot to use it for this purpose and sometimes sold the urine to tanneries. Those earning money this way were called “piss poor.”

Those too poor to afford a covered pot “didn’t have a pot to piss in.”

Strange how terms come about.

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