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The Last Dog Hung

Did you ever stay around a party or event till the end when all the festivities wrap up? It may seem by that time the host and hostess are ready for you to leave. That is what it means to stay “Until the Last Dog is Hung” but the origin of the saying is a bit more dramatic. It appears from what we can gather that the term was issued in print in a novel of 1902. The book which is about the old west contains the line: ‘They were loyal. It was a point of honor with them to stay ‘until the last dog was hung.’ But from information available the dogs that were being hung were humans not Rover. Back in the day if you were considered a bad man of the old west you might meet your end by a lynch mob. Several bad guys might be hung a single lynching so some morbid folks stuck around till the final hanging also referred to as a necktie party. They waited till the last dog was hung before heading home. Nothing like a good lynching before dinner and bed.

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