Posted by James Briggs on May 01, 2005
In Reply to: Re: Gone fishing posted by Bruce Kahl on April 30, 2005
: : : : Meaning of the phrase "gone fishing" or its origin. Does it just mean gone out for a while or has it another meaning as well?
: : : It was a song sung by Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby in the 40s and 50s. It signified a way of getting away from the hundrum, routine of life and doing something interesting! Whether the title was original, or used a recognised phrase, I know not. Others may.
: : I don't know for sure. But I am guessing that its origin is the sign "Gone fishing" that a shopkeeper, etc., puts on his door. And its meaning is -- I am taking a little break from the normal routine.
The sign suggestion certainly fits very well with the lyric - 'there's a sign upon my door - gone fishing'. Surely the origin?