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Old 10-20-2017, 08:17 AM
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Welcome Mat

Ok, most of us have doormats and a lot of them say "Welcome". And in general, we have always left ours out 24/7. maybe a seasonal one is changed out.

But after listening to two olde songs that mention some variation on "The Welcome Mat is out!", I wanted to know; was there a time where you put the Welcome mat out only when you wanted to receive visitors?
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Old 10-20-2017, 08:27 AM
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Ok, most of us have doormats and a lot of them say "Welcome".
Oh, no you didn't.
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Old 10-20-2017, 08:39 AM
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Some of us have a door mat that says "Go Away", and leave it out all the time. That's the new one that took me a long time to find. The old one said "Welcome" on the other side and for some reason my wife would turn it over to that side when actually welcome guests were expected.
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Old 10-20-2017, 08:43 AM
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Old 10-20-2017, 08:44 AM
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Oh, no you didn't.

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Old 10-20-2017, 08:55 AM
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You just guaranteed the thread will be full of people who don't have a welcome mat or one that doesn't say "Welcome" on it. Like myself.
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Old 10-20-2017, 09:07 AM
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Doormats, of course, have been around forever and my WAG is that adding the word, "Welcome" got started by an enterprising maker linking his product to the Bible. “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” Romans 15:7

I think the phrase is and always has been metaphorical. To tell someone the welcome mat is out is just another way to say they are always welcome.
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Old 10-20-2017, 09:19 AM
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You just guaranteed the thread will be full of people who don't have a welcome mat or one that doesn't say "Welcome" on it. Like myself.
How can you have a welcome mat that doesn't say "Welcome" on it? It could be just any kind of mat then. Unless it's getting to the point that the OP is asking about, do you physically put out some kind of mat just for welcome guests?

Of course I don't think the phrase "Put out the welcome mat" is tied directly to a physical mat anyway, it means you take actions to welcome someone into your home, tidying up, offering your guest the good chair, bringing out refreshments, gushing about how happy you are to have them, the things you don't do for just anyone who might cross your threshold.
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Old 10-20-2017, 10:44 AM
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As a point of information, the term "welcome mat" appears in print first in the U.S. as early as 1872, and as a physical mat for sale.

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Old 10-20-2017, 11:29 AM
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Not a GQ answer: My two favorite door mats say "Hi, I'm Mat" and "Nice underwear".

A neighbor has a little sign by their door: "Friends always welcome. Relatives by reservation only."
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Old 10-20-2017, 03:40 PM
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I wonder if anyone else has noticed the username / content irony.
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Old 10-20-2017, 03:50 PM
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Not a GQ answer: My two favorite door mats say "Hi, I'm Mat" and "Nice underwear".

A neighbor has a little sign by their door: "Friends always welcome. Relatives by reservation only."
Ours is this one.

It doesn't seem to stop anyone from ringing our doorbell to proselytize, beg, or sell, but at least we tried.
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Old 10-20-2017, 03:53 PM
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A couple of my favorites:

Oh no, not you again

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Old 10-20-2017, 03:56 PM
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I think the original saying may have been, "The welcome mat is always out." If so, there's no implication that people sometimes take it in.
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Old 10-20-2017, 04:04 PM
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I have some friends with a cabin out in the woods. Their welcome mat is "turned around" with the idea that you're being welcomed into the great outdoors whenever you walk out the door.
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Old 10-21-2017, 12:48 AM
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Old 10-21-2017, 12:50 AM
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You just guaranteed the thread will be full of people who don't have a welcome mat or one that doesn't say "Welcome" on it. Like myself.

Yes, but this is GQ, and those are not useful answers.
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Old 10-21-2017, 12:51 AM
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As a point of information, the term "welcome mat" appears in print first in the U.S. as early as 1872, and as a physical mat for sale.

Helpful, thanks.
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Old 10-21-2017, 12:51 AM
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Anybody have a Fuck Off mat?
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Old 10-21-2017, 01:12 AM
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In my family, the sign that we were expecting company was that we left the porch light on.
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Old 10-21-2017, 12:03 PM
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Businesses might roll up their mats and stow them inside when they're closed. I think the co-op student store I used to work for did that. I've never heard of people doing that at private homes though. We're not really a drop-by for a visit culture anyway, whatever the mats might say. We tend to make advance plans before visiting. Maybe long ago or in other areas?

However, I have seen a mat with a cleverly devised scrawl that said Come In right side up, and Go Away when turned around. That'd get the message across.

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Old 10-21-2017, 11:38 PM
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Mine has chicken-shit on it.
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Old 10-23-2017, 08:34 AM
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