Dulce Domum mentioned giving the bathrooms 'a lick and a prayer'. I thought, "Gosh, I haven't heard that phrase in years". Mum used to use it in the same context - doing a cleaning job in a way that sufficed but perhaps wasn't as thorough as it might have been.
So, I thought, I'll look up its origins and do a posting about it. But I've had no success. I can't find its origins. Often one cannot find the definitive origin of an old phrase but there are usually suggestions on sites like Wise old sayings. This one seems to have slipped through the net.
Presumably the idea was that one simply gave it a lick and prayed it would do but how did the phrase get popularised? Any ideas anyone?
Katie aged 6 months
2 days ago