To Get Out the Wrong Side of the Bed (Origin)

by Craig Shrives

What Is the Origin of the Saying "To Get Out the Wrong Side of the Bed"?

Meaning to be grumpy throughout the day, to get out the wrong side of the bed derives from an ancient superstition that evil spirits lay on a certain side of the bed. A person who wakes up and gets out the "wrong" side of the bed disturbs the evil spirits and attracts their wrath, putting the person in a foul mood.

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