Monday, October 18, 2010

Today's obscure religous metaphore

"Go to heaven in a wheelbarrow" To be damned to eternal suffering; to go to hell. This obsolete expression has been traced to a window in Gloucestershire, England, depicting Satan wheeling away a termagant woman in a wheelbarrow.

This oppressor must needs go to heaven, … But it will be, as the by-word is, in a Wheel-barrow; the fiends, and not the Angels will take hold on him. (Thomas Adams, Gods Bounty, 1618)



Jay Livingston said...

What about going to hell in a handbasket?

Brad Wright said...

Hey Jay,

That's how I found this expression. Some think that hell in a handbasket derived from heaven in a wheelbarrow.