Posted by Barney on January 06, 2001
In Reply to: Saucered and blowed... posted by ESC on January 05, 2001
: SAUCERED AND BLOWED - "It's been 'saucered and blowed.'" A project has been completed - everything has been taken care of. This phrase originated in the country method of cooling one's coffee. Step 1: Pour some hot coffee in your saucer, blow it until it's cool enough to drink. Step 2: Either a) pour the saucered coffee back in the cup and drink or b) drink straight from the saucer. Note: this is a practice best done at home. This phrase was "gathered" on Jan. 5, 2001, by my spouse. The speaker was a Kentucky man.
Amongst the working class people in the North of England, in the late 19th and early 20th century, the accepted way to drink tea was to pour a little into the saucer, blow on it to cool it, and then consume with a noisy slurp before repeating the procedure. This custom has long since died out.