Forever and a day

Posted by R. Berg on September 02, 2005

In Reply to: Forever and a day posted by Steve E on September 01, 2005

: : Why do people want to say "Forever and a day"? Forever is already eternal, and why "and a day"?

: Just a wild guess here, but probably because they want to express something to such a degree that it would be one day more than eternity.

: "I will love you forever and a day" to express the endless degree of one's love.

: "He is so slow, it will take him forever and a day" to express the degree of how slow he is.

That extra day is added for emphasis. You might object on the same grounds to sentencing a defendant to several consecutive life terms, but it happens.