Posted by Bookworm on October 01, 2003
In Reply to: Go to town and eat peaches posted by ESC on September 30, 2003
: : Is anyone aware of the origin of a phrase: Going to town to eat peaches. This was used by our family in the depression era to indicate there was money available to go shopping, etc. If there was no money to spend, they used: Go to town and watch the people eat peaches.
: What state or region of the country?
: I've never heard it, but I like it. It's kind of like an expression from southern W.Va. about the "good life": "Live on the hard road and take the paper." Meaning live near a paved road so you could have home delivery of the daily newspaper.
Is that what Eliot meant when he said "Do I dare to eat a peach"?