In early use, bacon was used to mean not just the cured meat from the back and sides of a pig, but also fresh pork, the meat most readily available to the rural population; from this, the word was used to mean a rustic, a clown.
Recorded from Middle English, the word comes via Old French from a Germanic word meaning ‘ham, flitch’, related to back.
bring home the bacon achieve success. The phrase probably derives from bacon in much earlier save one's bacon, recorded from the mid 17th century, and may in turn go back to idea that pig's meat was an essential and common article of food.
Subjects: Medicine and Health.