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A long time...

Posted by ESC on December 29, 1999

In Reply to: Month of Sundays posted by Roger Vick on December 28, 1999

: "A month of Sundays" meaning "a long time," was a common expression in England 50 years ago. Perhaps it is still commonly used in Britain, but I have not heard in Canada.

"I haven't seen you in a month of Sundays" is common in my part of the U.S. -- West Virginia and Kentucky. Also: "I haven't seen you in a coon's age," meaning raccoon, or "...since Hector was a pup." Another expression for a long time: "...since God was a boy." I guess that last one is kind of disrespectful. I've seen this one in reference books but haven't heard it used, " donkey years."