September 28th, 2006

Party Guy

Happy Birthday, g_2!

For your present, here's today's Forgotten English!

nothing like leather
There's nothing like leather is an expression ofthen used as a comment on commerical success, or to imply that trade in a good established national industry is far preferable to modern speculations or other sources of income. In the spelling books of a past generation, moral fables were frequently intersperced, and among them often figured "the town in danger of a siege." To protect the town against this catastrophe, each craftsman recommends his own material: the builder, bricks; the carpenter, wood; the ironsmith, iron. The fable proceeds with these words: "A currier much wiser than these both together cried, 'Try what you please, sirs, there's nothing like leather.'" The satire of the foregoing is frequently implied in the expression as used today, and when a merchant has sung too loudly the praises of his trade, an auditor will perchance offer with a sly wink the comment, "There's nothing like leather."
--A. Wallace's Popular Sayings Dissected, 1895


Feast Day of St. Bernardo of Felthe,
a patron of salesmen and pawnbrokers.

Insert Drezzer Wolf comment here.

-The Gneech
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