In Reply to: When the cross rolls over posted by Edwin on May 20, 2008 at 07:07:
: The mother of a friend of mine uses the phrase "see you when the cross rolls over," but has little idea of its meaning or origin. A search of Google only reveals a few bloggers who use the phrase as a "sign off" without any other context. Does anyone know the meaning and origin of this slightly odd phrase?
I didn't find it anywhere in the first seven pages of Google hits, or on the other search engine I use. Can you give some specific examples of its use by bloggers (or anyone else in print or on the web)?
If someone said it to me, I'd take the same meaning from it you took: an odd or whimsical way of saying "So long, see ya later." I suppose "when the cross rolls over" might mean "at the General Resurrection," when the grave-marker crosses are toppled by the dead rising. Not to be taken literally.