Know which side your bread is buttered on
One thing is certain dry toast just doesn’t appeal to me. Buttered toast, on both sides, with jelly on the top side is more to my liking. Nevertheless, I try not toindulge in such delicacies too often. This reminds me of old fashion hamburgers. It is hard to find one at one of the chain hamburger joints. When I was a kid it was almost unheard of to put ketchup on hamburgers; mustard, yes; mayonnaise, yes; but not ketchup. Ketchup goes good with French fries. I believe putting ketchup on hamburgers was brought into the south by those Yankee chain hamburger joints.
Using dry hamburger buns makes a sorry hamburger. I personally prefer loaf bread, greased on both sides and toasted on a grill. If the meat is not over cooked you’ve got a juicy hamburger. My wife still cooks the old fashion hamburgers. In ordering a hamburger at a café similar unto those of the 1940s, I tell the waitress I want everything on it but the kitchen sink and the dish rag. The usual ingredients are tomatoes, onions, pickles, and lettuce. To spice it up add some jalapeno peppers.
One time Charlotte and I were going up through Kansas. We stopped at a short order café and ordered hamburgers. All we got was the bun and meat with some ketchup and mayonnaise. That’s about like having a hot dog without any chili, onions, and mustard in it.
“To know what side your bread is buttered on” figuratively suggests to know your advantages in a given situation. Consider what action on your part will contribute best for you. Metaphorically you select the side with the butter on it. This old saying goes back to at least the 1500s. It was included in John Heywood’s “Proverbs” (1546).
Dub Mowery is a Gospel preacher in the Church of Christ. Presently he serves as full time evangelist for the Pittsburg Church of Christ. A native of Southeast Oklahoma, he is the author of Colloquial Sayings & Expressions (Morris Publishing, 2008)