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Jam and Jerusalem

Posted by Victoria S Dennis on February 24, 2008 at 13:29:

In Reply to: Jam and Jerusalem posted by Rachel on February 24, 2008 at 09:12:

: Is the phrase "Jam and Jerusalem" recently invented (and mainly created for the TV series)? Or does it have an actual history of being used, as a phrase? What is its history?

No. I don't know how old it actually is, but "all jam and Jerusalem" is a traditional summing-up of the Women's Institute - one of whose proverbial activities has always been the making of jam to sell for charity at village fetes, and whose anthem is the hymn "Jerusalem" . (VSD)