Posted by R. Berg on June 16, 2001
In Reply to: Country mile posted by James Briggs on June 16, 2001
: : I assume walking a mile on country terrain takes longer than in urban terrain....so a country mile is longer than you might think....can anyone confirm this?
: In Britain we use 'a Welsh mile'. Its means much the same and, presumably, comes from the time when country folk walked everywhere. For them a 'mile' was not too far, but for the rest of the world it was a long way!
"Country mile" isn't in any of my reference books. I can imagine another possible origin: the supposed habit of country people of giving optimistically imprecise directions. "Oh, it's just a mile up the road--and you can't miss it."