Saturday, January 14, 2006

'Go Chug a Leinenkugels' Didn't Quite Make the Cut

Wicked Thoughts offers some insight into the origins of some commonly used phrases. One in particular caught my eye. The contributors on the Badger Blog Alliance would probably also be interested.

"Early politicians required feedback from the public to determine what was considered important to the people. Since there were no telephones, TV's or radios, the politicians sent their assistants to local taverns, pubs and bars who were told to "go sip some ale" and listen to people's conversations and political concerns. Many assistants were dispatched at different times. "You go sip here" and "You go sip there." The two words "go sip" were eventually combined when referring to the local opinion and thus, we have the term "gossip.""

2 comments:

Jib said...

Wait, are those jobs still available? If so, I may have finally found my ideal job.

Steve said...

Yeah, Jib, I suspect you have a top notch resume in this area and have done a lot of volunteer work, too.