Posted by R. Berg on October 15, 2001
In Reply to: Meanings and origins posted by Phillippa Grace on October 15, 2001
: I am looking for the meanings and/or origins of the following:
: Tea for two and two for tea
: A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
: A tempest in a teapot
: As useless as a chocolate teapot
: Born with a silver spoon in his mouth
: Fit to a T
: Not for all the tea in China
: Not my cup of tea
: Suits you down to a tee
: The cup that cheers
: There's many a slip twixt cup and lip
: Wake up and smell the coffee
: It's not worth crying over spilt milk
"Tea for two and two for tea": Title of song popular in early 20th century.
"A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down": Song from the film "Mary Poppins," 1964.
"The cup that cheers but does not inebriate": Slogan promoting tea as an alternative to alcohol, mid-19th century; associated with the temperance movement.