Setting Thames on fire
Posted by Bob on July 28, 2006
In Reply to: Setting Thames on fire posted by Ian Robey on July 28, 2006
: Setting Thames on fire = The Thames was a carding machine used to dress cotton and it was activated by turning a handle. Someone who was lethatgic was said not to be likely to set the machine on fire because of friction. Likely explanation ?
Since there is a simlar Roman expression, using the Tiber River, and a German one using the Rhine, the relation to the carding machine seems unlikely to be the source. See previous discussion at www.phrases.org.uk bulletin_board 6 messages 616.html
- Setting Thames on fire Gary Martin 28/July/06