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Re: Sunday drive

Posted by ESC on January 30, 2005

In Reply to: Re: Sunday drive posted by grapeshine on January 30, 2005

: : Hello
: : I would like to know what is the meaning of "Sunday Drive", or what is unique about her. Here we have saturday drivers - they don't know how to drive.

: : My context, still from mythbusters:
: : "From the first time primitive man went out for a Sunday drive, our biggest automotive fear has been the breakdown."

: : Thank you so much!

: I'm not certain of the exact etymology of the phrase "sunday drive", but I suspect that its origins come from simpler times when the only thing to do on sunday was attend church. Since it wasn't a proper work day, not to mention the Sabbath, this afforded a family the opportunity to drive back home at a leisurely pass, perhaps even stopping to have a picnic or to examine nature in some fashion. In other words, this is a carefree and pleasent drive.

: If someone calls you a "sunday driver", however, the phrase is likely being used as a pejorative, and could be meant to suggest the following:
: -You drive slowly
: -You are not paying attention while driving
: -You are more interested in what's going on around you, than in your driving.

: In sum, to be called a "sunday driver" is an insult; to go on a "sunday drive" is fun.

When gas prices were relatively low and cars were still kind of a novelty, people in the U.S. went for Sunday drives. The drive just might be to take in some scenery. In West Virginia, people would go visit relatives and friends.