Volume 3. Issue 4.
What was said? It will take you a month of Sundays to get through all the revisions.
Did someone really say that? Yes, in a client meeting discussing product promotions at retailers and the many revisions that are made before the promotion goes live.
What does it mean? Something that is going to take a LONG TIME…. A seemingly endless or prolonged period of time.
Origin: The expression is said to mean 30/31 weeks (the amount of time it takes a month of Sundays to pass) and has is believed to have origins from the Christian Holy Day of Sunday, the Sabbath. This day was a “day of rest” and was a long, solemn day devoid of amusement. Activities were even regulated on Sunday by law at times and therefore Sunday could seem long and tiresome (out of boredom)… therefore a month of Sundays could feel like an eternity. It is also sometimes used to denote something that will never happen.
The Oxford English Dictionary cites the first printed use of the phrase from 1759:
“The commander..swore he should dance to the second part of the same tune, for a month of Sundays.”
H. MURRAY Life & Real Adventures Hamilton Murray I. x. 121
NOTE: There are some variations on this, such as: Week of Sundays, Week of Saturdays, etc.
REFERRALS: Do you LOVE Rema’s Idiom Blog and look forward to it all the time? If so, refer your friends!
You are currently subscribed to: REMA’s “Making Heads or Tails of Idioms” blog! To unsubscribe, follow the instructions. If you unsubscribe, please know that you will be disliked.