Posted by RRC on March 13, 2008 at 06:23:
In Reply to: When Jesus was a cowboy posted by pamela on March 13, 2008 at 00:17:
: : : Why do people say something is so old it's from "when Jesus was a cowboy"? -- Jesus was dead long before "cowboy" times. Just curious where this saying originated from.
: : I've never heard that. "When God was a boy." "When Jesus was in the third grade."
: "When Adam was a boy" is another. I found only 8 hits for "when Jesus was a cowboy" to mean "in the past". A couple of these carry the implication of "in the past, when things were different". Apart from that, I've got no idea. Pamela
I agree it's just a kind of playful twist on "when Jesus was a boy".
Also, out in the middle of nowhere is sometimes referred to as "where Jesus lost his sandals".