Most of us have heard the saying, “That’s the best thing since sliced bread!” What do you think is actually the best thing since sliced bread?
What’s the greatest thing since sliced bread?
That begs the question, what is so great about sliced bread anyways? Why is sliced bread used as our standard of comparison with greatness?
Yes, it’s great that we don’t have to slice it ourselves. A search through Wikipedia leads to an article on sliced bread which tells us that it was first sold in 1928, advertised as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped” and that this led to our now popular phrase. One reader at Yahoo Answers wrote although sliced bread is great, Pampers also are great.
Why don’t we say “the greatest thing since Pampers?”
Which is actually greater, sliced bread or Pampers? As a bachelor with no children, my bias is towards sliced bread over Pampers, though I am sure there are parents out there who would disagree.
Why do some phrases make it into our lexicon of popular sayings and others do not? Why do phrases like “greatest thing since sliced bread” or “my hovercraft is full of eels”, or “there’s an app for that” make it into our lexicons and not phrases like “greatest thing since Pampers” or “that’s better than rope burn?”
Sliced bread is definitely better than rope burn. So are Pampers. I’d rather have a hovercraft full of eels than have rope burn.
Is “greatest thing since sliced bread” an expression whose time has come? Is it time for an Occupy Sliced Bread movement?
Is the iPhone greater than sliced bread? Is there an app for my iPhone that can slice bread? A quick google search shows that there is actually a game called Sliced Bread. I think I’d rather have rope burn.
At least with bread, you can slice it and eat it too. Unlike cake.
- Cartoon: The New iBread 5 (englishblog.com)
- Sliced Bread (honestpuck.wordpress.com)
- Daily Prompt: Sliced Bread In Outerspace (marilyndavies.wordpress.com)