Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Best Thing Since Something Other Than Sliced Bread?

A phrase I used to hear many years ago—do people still use this phrase?—was to say that something is "the best thing since sliced bread."

But before there was sliced bread, did people use an expression like this? And what was used in the expression instead of sliced bread?

(I am obviously far from the only person to wonder about something like this. See this page and various other Web pages.)

1 comment:

Justin said...

David Gerrold has a nice phrase along these lines - "best thing since Betty White", since she was born in 1922 and is thus six years older than sliced bread. Obviously people would not have known to use that phrase back in 1928 though. :-)