Friday, 3 February 2012

Origin of "Take a Rain Check"

"Rain checks" were originally issued to spectators when a sporting event was postponed for any reason, many times because of a very rainy day. The "Rain check" would allow them entry to the match when it was re-scheduled.
Since the 1950s the expression has been used as a way to politely decline an offer in the understanding that it will be taken up at a later date, if it's ever offered again.
-Would you like to come for dinner tonight?
- I can not, but I'll take a rain check on that.
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