(one’s) Meat And Potatoes
(Closet Classics #10)
Not only is this a term which describes, literally, thousands upon thousands of delicious meal possibilities, served in just as many different ways – but it is also a common Idiomatic Adjectival Phrasal-Noun. Additionally, this is one of the first terms that I ever described many years ago in a now ancient (according to the internet) blog post. That is why it has been revised and up-dated for this Tid-Bit & GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! Closet Classic
What Does It All Mean?
Well… this phrase could be describing…
A Nice Juicy Steak and A Baked Potato
Some Fat Polska Kielbasa And some Scalloped Potatoes…
Or Whatever-The-Hell This Is Supposed To Be…
So, this term can mean all of those things… But! That would be the literal use of the term. The way I’m referring to this phrase is in the expression…
“That’s my ‘Meat ‘n’ Potatoes!”
So What Do You Think This Could Mean?
“Hey buddy! that’s my steak and if you don’t get yer dirty paws off it I’m gonna sock you right in the mug!”
But what it probably means is…
“That’s the stuff I survive off of.”
“That’s the stuff that get’s me through.”
“That’s what makes up my basic regular sustenance.”
“That’s the the thing that provides me with a great amount of happiness and fulfillment.”
You see… For generations and generations (and for certain periods of history) – all around the world, humans had survived off of a rather limited supply of food. It’s not so much that there wasn’t food available (although that’s what some history books would have you believe) but that human beings had grown away from picking berries and herbs, and REALLY got to liking the taste of animals… slowly roasted over an open flame. Yummm!!! 😛
I’m not exactly sure how the potato became the king of all “meat-side preparations” (maybe ask an Irishman) – but for what seems like an eternity – we humans have eaten our slabs of meat with some sort of preparation of potatoes next to it. Which may not be the healthiest choice, but… DAMN it tastes good!!!
This is what we survived off of. For so long, in fact, that there is a very large percentage of humans walking around today (rather slowly I might add) that still believe that you NEED to have some sort of “Meat ‘n’ Potatoes” to survive.
Otherwise, it just doesn’t seem like a full meal… and essentially you might just starve and die if you don’t get it… (This of course remains to be a matter of personal opinion and a topic of great debate and discussion.)
Usage of “Meat ‘n’ Potatoes”
So when you’re talking to someone and they refer to something (not food-like) as their “Meat ‘n’ Potatoes” – it probably means that it is some thing or activity that they partake of/in, so much or so often, that they feel like they would just wither away and die if they didn’t have it. On the other hand, if they only had that one thing (whatever it may be) for the rest of their lives and nothing else… they would probably be “as happy as a hog in mud”.
I Hope that was helpful… And that GiveMeSomeEnglish!!! becomes your “Meat And Potatoes” when it comes to getting your information about Grammar, Lexis, Pronunciation, and great “Tid-Bits“ like this one today…
No Go Eat!!!
(Just Remember… All Things In Moderation)
Have An Excellent Day!