Today is Thanksgiving in the US, a holiday marked primarily by having a large meal together with family and/or loved ones. In previous years, I’ve set the table with utensils, and served up some turkeys. This year, I want to make sure we include bread (and a few other bready baked goods) in our ongoing ThThTh feast.
- break bread: an expression meaning “have a meal together with people”
- “Breaking Bread,” a song by Johnny Cash
- “bumped his head on a piece of bread”: a line from the song/nursery rhyme “It’s raining, it’s pouring” in the version I learned as a child (though not in more commonly known versions). Did anyone else learn this version?
It’s raining, it’s pouring
The old man in snoring.
Bumped his head on a piece of bread,
And didn’t get up till morning.
- bread: a slang term for money
- breadwinner: one who earns money for a household
- dough: another term for “bread” as in “I’ll need some dough to buy bread”
- dough: a mixture of flour, water and other ingredients used to bake bread, as in “I’ll knead some dough to bake bread.”
- The Pillsbury Doughboy: an anthropomorphic wad of dough used to sell products for Pillsbury.
- half a loaf is better than no bread or half a loaf is better than none: an expression meaning, roughly “getting something is better than getting nothing”
- “Half a loaf is better than low bred:” a joke made by John Steed in The Avengers episode “The Correct Way to Kill”
- The Little Red Hen: a fairy tale about a hard-working, wheat-growing, flour-grinding, bread-baking hen who gets no help from her lazy companions, who prefer to loaf.
- “give us this day our daily bread:” a line from the Lord’s Prayer, a prayer recited by Christian church-goers
- bread line: a queue to receive food from a charitable organization
- whitebread: a slang adjective used to describe someone whose tastes are bland and culturally mainstream, or things associated with such a person. Such as white bread.
- bun in the oven: an expression meaning “knocked up”
- The Muffin Man: an English nursery rhyme. Do you know the muffin man?
- muffin top: the lumps of flesh about the waist caused by wearing pants that are too tight
- Hansel and Gretel: in this fairy tale, two children leave a trail of breadcrumbs to mark their path so that they won’t get lost in the woods. It’s not a particularly effective method.
- bread is the staff of life: a saying about the importance of bread. Etymology online says:
Staff of life “bread” is from the Biblical phrase “to break the staff of bread” (Lev. xxvi.26), transl. Heb. matteh lekhem.
I’ll take a page from Magpie and redirect you to this blogger, who poked further into the orgins of the phrase.
- “I’ll grind his bones to make my bread,” a line spoken by the giant in Jack and the Beanstalk:
I smell the blood of an Englishman.
Be he ‘live, or be he dead,
I’ll grind his bones to make my bread.
- the best thing since sliced bread: an expression said appreciatively of something really innovative, or just something really good. Often said facetiously.
- bread and circus: as the wiki says, since I’m too tired/lazy to say something on my own “is a metaphor for handouts and petty amusements that politicians use to gain popular support, instead of gaining it through sound policy”
- Project Bread, a Massachusetts anti-hunger organization. I’ll donate $5.00 to them for each commenter who includes the name of a type of bread in the comments below.