Posted by James Briggs on January 01, 2001
In Reply to: Bread and butter posted by ESC on January 01, 2001
: : Hi,
: : ...looking for the derivation of this phrase and meaning ( bread and butter).
: : THANK YOU!
: BREAD AND BUTTER - One meaning of this phrase is one's livelihood - how you get money (bread) to pay the rent ("keep a roof over your head) and buy food and send the kids to college. The use of the phrase in this manner is: "to quarrel with one's bread and butter - To complain about one's means of livelihoood, to act against one's best interests.our English phrase for expressing such lack of reason dates back not more than two centuries." From "Heavens to Betsy" by Charles Earle Funk (Harper & Row, New York, 1955).
: There's another use of the phrase regarding etiquette but I'm not sure about this one. I believe "bread and butter notes" are thank you cards or letters. Can anyone confirm that?
Yes indeed, certainly here in Britain! It's usually known as a 'bread and butter letter'.