Sunday drive

Posted by Miri Barak on January 30, 2005

In Reply to: Sunday drive posted by ESC on January 30, 2005

: : : Hello
: : : I would like to know what is the meaning of "Sunday Drive", or what is unique about her. Here we have saturday drivers - they don't know how to drive.

: : : My context, still from mythbusters:
: : : "From the first time primitive man went out for a Sunday drive, our biggest automotive fear has been the breakdown."

: : : Thank you so much!

: : I'm not certain of the exact etymology of the phrase "sunday drive", but I suspect that its origins come from simpler times when the only thing to do on sunday was attend church. Since it wasn't a proper work day, not to mention the Sabbath, this afforded a family the opportunity to drive back home at a leisurely pass, perhaps even stopping to have a picnic or to examine nature in some fashion. In other words, this is a carefree and pleasent drive.

: : If someone calls you a "sunday driver", however, the phrase is likely being used as a pejorative, and could be meant to suggest the following:
: : -You drive slowly
: : -You are not paying attention while driving
: : -You are more interested in what's going on around you, than in your driving.

: : In sum, to be called a "sunday driver" is an insult; to go on a "sunday drive" is fun.

: When gas prices were relatively low and cars were still kind of a novelty, people in the U.S. went for Sunday drives. The drive just might be to take in some scenery. In West Virginia, people would go visit relatives and friends.

Thank you all!