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The American version

Posted by RRC on December 11, 2005

In Reply to: The American version posted by Smokey Stover on December 11, 2005

: : : : What is the American version of the English saying 'to carry coals to Newcastle'?

: : : Sell refrigerators to Eskimos.

: : In German it's 'Taking Owls to Athens', both things being regarded as bastions of wisdom.

: Oh, ESC, say it ain't so. You know that Eskimos living in Alaska share in the profits from the pipeline and oil royalties. That means that many can afford refrigerators. Why would Eskimos want refrigerators? To keep food cold without freezing. It's true. Refrigerator salesmen do a fairly brisk business among Eskimos. SS

Yes, I think the "correct" expression as I've always heard it is "selling _ice_ to Eskimos." OTOH, it's not exactly the same meaning as it can also be used as a complement to the skills of a salesman. RRC