"If you’re like us, you know how to bring home the bacon, (it’s pretty easy when you can order food online), but do you know what it actually means, or where the phrase comes from? Every day we say certain words and phrases that involve some of our favorite foods, and take them for granted. Some of your favorite sayings have incredibly rich and interesting beginnings. So join us on this adventure as we go through the hidden meanings of some of your favorite food phrases."
12. “It’s All Gravy”Meaning: It’s all good
11. “Cool As A Cucumber”Meaning: You’re super totally cool
10. “Chew The Fat”Meaning: To engage in frivolous conversation
9. “He’s A Bad Egg”Meaning: He may look normal, but he’s no good.
There is nothing worse than getting ready to enjoy some scrambly eggs, then cracking it open to find something has gone horribly wrong. That’s the basis for this saying. Even though on the outside everything seems normal, a “bad egg” will reveal their inner rottenness soon enough.
8. “The Big Cheese”Meaning: The best of the best.
Sure it might be an endearing name for the boss, or just literally a really, really big cheese wheel, but this phrase’s origin has nothing to do with dairy’s best magic trick. Since the earliest 19th century, cheese was used as a noun to describe something wealthy or top-rate. Cheese originated from the Persian use “the chiz”. We’re gonna go ahead and bring that term back. Believe us it’ll be da chiz.
7. “That’s The Way The Cookie Crumbles”/”Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk”Meaning: Shit happens
6. “Piece Of Cake”Meaning: Easy, requires little effort
5. “Butter Someone Up”Meaning: Lay on the flattery thick.
4. “Spill The Beans”Meaning: Give away a secret
3. “Use your noodle”Meaning: Use your brain, dummy
2. “Go bananas”Meaning: Let’s get crazy.
Another origin may come from the drunken, bewildered behavior of Indonisian natives who got totally blackout drunk off of a fermented banana drink called Tonto.
1. “Bring Home The Bacon”Meaning: Get that money, son.
However most believe the term derives from a 1906 boxing bout with Joe Gan. His mother told his son before the fight, “Joe the eyes of the world are on you. Everybody says you ought to win. Peter Jackson will tell me the news and you bring home the bacon.” This quote was published in the New York Times, and caught on, creating one of the tastiest expressions ever.