Posted by Bruce Kahl on March 02, 2000
In Reply to: Busier than a cranberry merchant posted by sue on March 01, 2000
Just an observation and guess:
I have seen the phrase used in the New England area. There is usually a few more words tacked onto the end of the phrase--"busier than a cranberry merchant in November"--the reference to cranberry being used for a traditional Thanksgiving feast.
There are tons of "busier than" expressions:
busier than a one-armed paperhanger
busier than a hooker on a troop train
busier than a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest