Everyone has heard the cliche of the wife who is lazy and does nothing but eat bon bons all day long. I think you’d be hard pressed to find any American, English-speaking adult under the age of 70 who hasn’t used that phrase at least once.
But where did it come from? During a phone call with one lazy woman, the topic came up and we started to search to find the origin of the phrase, but Google let us down. The earliest reference we could find was Peggy Bundy from Married With Children, but it has to be from earlier than that. My mother uses that phrase and has for a long time, and she never watched an episode of Married in her life.
In my head, I can almost picture an ad from the 1960’s that shows a woman extolling the virtues of her new vacuum or oven, giving her enough time to eat bon bons. Which reminds me – during one of my searches, I came across this old ad for Tab from the 70s which encourages women to be “mind stickers”:
So, any ideas? Proof? Evidence?
What is the origin of the stereotype of a woman eating bon bons?