July 7th, 1928: Sliced bread is sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri. It is described as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped”. Since that fateful day, sliced bread has transcended the baking industry to become the preponderant yardstick of comparison against which exciting new things are measured, by way of the idiom “the greatest thing since sliced bread.”
The English language is full of such commonplace expressions, each phrase possessing its own origin story largely unknown to the public engaging in its everyday usage. Interested in more? The library has a number of books on the subject, including reference and circulating materials for kids and adults.
Still thinking about bread? DCPL has got you covered on that front, too. Check it out!