I mentioned Hubby wouldn't cowtow to any one. They said, what??? They had never heard the word so that got me curious.
Had I made up a word? In my mind, it meant bow down and be subservient. So I looked it up.
What a relief! I had it right although I could not remember for the life of me how I knew that word. My friend and I live in the same area but sometimes we surprise each other with some old expressions.
According to Wikipedia, "Kowtow, which is borrowed from kòu tóu in Mandarin Chinese, is the act of deep respect shown by kneeling and bowing so low as to have one's head touching the ground.
In Han Chinese culture, the kowtow is the highest sign of reverence. It was widely used to show reverence for one's elders, superiors, and especially the Emperor, as well as for religious and cultural objects of worship. In modern times, usage of the kowtow has become much reduced."
And I looked some more...
Cowtow is also an acceptable spelling and has seeped into modern language. Although not used often by many, some of us old folks still use it...and it fits perfectly.
Marcy said Granny Pruett used to say it so I guess it came from the Carolina's or from the age Granny lived.
Just thought I would share that. Remember you don't have to kowtow to anyone anymore.