Posted by Smokey Stover on March 14, 2007
In Reply to: Better get back to the cactus posted by sarah on March 14, 2007
: Does anyone know the origin of, or use the phrase "(Well), better get back to the cactus" as a way of saying they are going back to work after a break. I have only heard it used in my town.
Perhaps you have a local wordsmith hammering out new potential clichés. A work environment full of cactus is pretty thorny, and you're like to get thorns in your side--and everywhere else. I've never heard the phrase, but perhaps "back to the salt mine" has had its day as a metaphor, and we're ready for a new one.