Posted by ESC on July 28, 2000
In Reply to: Snug as a bug in a rug posted by Ted Wiecek on July 28, 2000
: What is the origin of "snug as a bug in a rug"?
I don't know if this was the first use of the phrase. But it shows it is quite old.
SNUG AS A BUG IN A RUG - "Safe; comfortable.'The Stratford Jubilee,' a play of 1769, carries this line: 'If she (a rich widow) has the mopus's, I'll have her as snug as a bug in a rug.' Mopus is a lost word meaning money." From "The Dictionary of Cliches" by James Rogers (Ballantine Books, New York, 1985).
See also: the meaning and origin of 'as snug as a bug in a rug'.