Posted by Lewis on June 26, 2003
In Reply to: Eating crackers in bed posted by ESC on June 26, 2003
: : : : Orgin of phrase: I sure wouldn't throw her out just for eating crackers in bed.
: : : I couldn't find the origin. I believe it's a country/Southern saying. The way I've heard it is: "I wouldn't kick her/him out of bed for eating crackers." Meaning the person is attractive so annoying habits don't matter. That isn't true, by the way.
: : I have traced it to the 1950's but no further. My kids claim it originated then. I used it in a novel set in 1862 and they claim it doesn't fit. It sure does fit in the novel though. So....
: I'll give it another search this evening. I have some teenage slang books that I'll look through. When were "crackers" invented? They are fairly old, I'm guessing.
I've rarely heard anything stuck on the end of "I wouldn't kick her out of my bed" - perhaps it is an expression that changes from time to time.