It is rare for the phrase to refer to other secrets, though it is sometimes used in ways other than these two.
The first use of the phrase came about in the mids. At that time, it referred to a list of people who had committed crimes or fallen out of favor with leaders. In , royalty, including Kind Henry VIII, kept a literal black book where the names of people who were sinful were written. This black book was a way of keeping record of who in the kingdom should be punished for their sinful ways. Someone may say,. Now, though, it more commonly references sexual partners. This may derive from the sinful connotations of the phrase.
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