Saturday, February 11, 2012

WBUR: Volunteer, Eat, Drink, and be Merry!

So there she was, Marash Girl and her friends, all supporters of WBUR, all volunteering for the WBUR Valentine's Day fundraiser, all eyeing the delicious highly caloric breakfast  rolls that WBUR offers its volunteers, all muttering, "But I'm on a diet," so of course, Marash Girl quipped the well-known (or at least she thought it was well known) quotation, "Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we diet!"   Strange as it seems, or at least, strange as it seemed to Marash Girl, nobody had heard the joke before!  One volunteer admitted to being familiar with the original quotation (Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die) which is a conflation of two Biblical verses  (ecclesiastes 8:15  and isaiah 22:13), but none had ever heard, "Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we diet!"

None of the folks were original New Englanders -- perhaps that's why -- or maybe they were all just too young!


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