I’m in need of some help here. My gran would always tell me to “never cast a clout until May is out” and to be honest, for most of my childhood, I never knew what on earth she was talking about.
Apparently, since the 15th century ‘clout’ is a word that has been used to describe a fragment of cloth or clothing and could be spelled as clowt, clowte, cloot, or clute. It’s here that the saying took on two meanings, rather than just the one original.
The new meaning was a reminder not to be too quick to chuck the winter clothes before cooler days during the month of May were most likely over.
I have a feeling that most of this years ‘going out’ clothes are going to remain in the wardrobe due to the current lockdown, we all seem to be sporting the pyjama or tracksuit ensemble for the time being!
Just a quick top tip, keep trying your outdoor clothes on too for when this is all over, those PJs can lead you into a false sense of security where your waistline is concerned . . . You can thank me later!