Picnic or no Picnic?


What would you bring to a picnic? The Guardian suggests the following: Cloudy lemonade, couscous, quiche, the inevitable pork pies, scotch eggs and taramasalata, preferably bought at Harrods and Selfridges: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/jun/15/picnic-food-taste-test

This provoked one Guardian reader to comment: “Good to see the Guardian still has its finger on the pulse of austerity Britain.” (Austerity Britain is a term that used to designate the post-war years in the UK, but since the financial crisis of 2008/9, Britain is once again facing a period of spending cuts and redundancies.)

Picnic or no picnic, that is the question. Here are some picnic idioms for you:

  • be no picnicif a situation or activity is no picnic, it is unpleasant or difficult. Bringing up four children on your own is no picnic, I can tell you.
  • be one sandwich short of a picnic (humorous) also be a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic (humorous): If someone is one sandwich short of a picnic, they are stupid or crazy. After talking to him for about 10 minutes I decided he was definitely one sandwich short of a picnic.
  • make something seem like a picnic: If a difficult experience makes another experience seem like a picnic, it makes it seem very easy because it is much more difficult. University makes school seem like a picnic.

(Cambridge Idioms Dictionary, 2nd ed. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2006.)

Should you decide to have a picnic anyway, and should you happen to be in London, check this link for a list of some of the most popular picnic spots: http://www.londontown.com/London/A_Traditional_London_Picnic

Life's A Picnic


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