Here in the UK, the phrase ‘being sent to Coventry’ means to be actively ignored or ostracised. This behaviour often takes the form of pretending that the shunned person, although conspicuously present, can’t be seen or heard….Hand on heart, I hadn’t a clue why, but a few googly type clicks and it seems possible that it originated in the English civil war of the 1640’s when Cromwell sent a group of Royalist soldiers to be imprisoned there, and the local criminals already in captivity, but Parliamentarians to a man, ignored them completely….Comes to something when even the sheep rustlers and pick-purses look down their noses at you….
But, it’s all supposition, no-one really knows.
What I do know is, (and I’m sorry Coventry but if the cap fits wear it), as towns go it really isn’t the most attractive or welcoming…In my honest opinion ‘being sent to Coventry’ is still a bit of a punishment.
That said, the cathedral is a bit of a smasher……….
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