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Saturday, August 17, 2019

Saturday Show Saying

Saturday Show Saying

A common saying nowadays is “…get this show on the road”. It means let’s get moving, or let’s begin a planned activity. But where did this phrase originate?

According to https://writingexplained.org/idiom-dictionary/get-the-show-on-the-road: “There are a few speculative origin stories that sources list for this expression. Some people mention theater productions. It is common for a show to start in one location, like Broadway, and then travel to other locations after becoming successful in the first. Another idea is that it relates to circuses or traveling fairs. These events travel from one city to another.”

Then there is this from
“Sources are in agreement that this show business phrase was in common use by the 1930s and perhaps originated around 1910. The earliest citation found in reference books is from James Jones' 1951 debut novel “From Here to Eternity” which is loosely based on his pre-WWII experience in the infantry: "Come on, come on."

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Saying #167:
“’Get this show on the road’ may come from the theater or the circus.”

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Quote of the Day:
“The struggles we endure today will be the ‘good old days’ we laugh about tomorrow.”
― Aaron Lauritsen, 100 Days Drive: The Great North American Road Trip

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