(Asked furtively by a young congregant during a recent sermon.)
What’s a peanut gallery?
According to Wikipedia, the term “peanut gallery” comes from the cheap seats in the balcony in the days of Vaudeville theater. It was hard to hear up there, so audience members in the peanut gallery often entertained themselves by showering a mixture of insults and actual peanuts upon the performers. You may be most familiar with these quintessential peanut gallery occupants. 😆