Please don't shoot the messenger
amy
I was hoping that someone could offer the origin of the saying, "please don't shoot the messenger?"
Lewis Joplin II
DON'T SHOOT THE MESSENGER -- From "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman: "Don't shoot the messenger. Don't blame the person who brings bad news. This idea was expressed by Sophocles as far back as 442 B.C. and much later by Shakespeare in 'Henry IV, Part II' (1598) and in 'Antony and Cleopatra' (1606-07) The word kill may be used as a substitute for 'shoot.'" Related saying: "Don't shoot the piano-player; he's doing the best he can. Don't hurt innocent people. Originated in the United States in the Wild West, around 1860. During his 1883 tour of the United States, Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) saw this saying on a notice in a Leadville, Colorado, saloon. It is sometimes attributed to Mark Twain, but neither Wilde nor Twain has ever claimed authority..."


Jaw Bone
The term is way older than the old west of America. The actual term is "don't kill the messenger" It is light term with darker beginnings. All the way up to the advent of telegraph and phone, the way to get news and exchange words was the use of a messenger. Many times the messenger was from an enemy camp and brought his commanders demand for the others surrender. To make a point the messanger was slaughtered and sent back. so the term means simply don't kill me i'm just delivering the bad news.
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