The other day I was stuck in traffic - and no, not the day from the post below - and I was jammed in behind a Japanese-made, steel-and-glass tribute to one of Oregon's great traffic traditions, Let's Move Left And Drive Really Slow In The Passing Lane. I finally gave up trying to pass to the right, threw up my hands and shouted at the guy's bumper:
"You're slower than a day without bread!"
Maybe it was because I had SO much time on my hands that I started thinking about that expression, my verbal SOP for anything painfully slow. It's an odd phrase; IS a day without bread slow, and why? Where did I pick it up?
For the "day without bread" line I can remember exactly where I picked it up - from a coffeetable book I had as a junior high age kid about "Famous Sieges" (see, I was already a War Nerd, even at 14) In the article about the Siege of Turin there was a delightfully oddball little story about a Piedmontese sapper by the name of Pietro Micca. The story was that Pietro and his squaddies were preparing some demo to explode a party of attacking Frenchmen and the other guys were moving like pond water. Pietro shoved the ragazzi della scimmia back down the tunnel shouting that they were slower than the aforementioned day without bread and fired the det cord, blowing himself and the Frenchies out of the world and into legend.
For some reason I really liked Pietro's frustrated slogan, and I've used it for 35 years now.
So now I wonder...am I wierd? Am I the only person who does this, picks up off-kilter tags and phrases out of books or movies or quotations and recycles them?
Do you? And if you do, what is it/are they? I'm really curious; drop me a comment and let me know - what's your "day without bread"?