2

I read this on a sports website, where a fan is welcoming a new signing in their team.

I assume this means one is really excited, but what is the meaning of "crush a grape" - does it imply opening a bottle of champagne? or some test of physical strength?

  • I've never heard this phrase before, but is it possible to get some context for where you found this? – simchona Aug 4 '11 at 5:38
  • on a football website, a fan has written to welcome a new signing in their team. – shinynewbike Aug 4 '11 at 5:41
  • Yes, can you please add that bit of the message to your question? – simchona Aug 4 '11 at 5:42
  • 2
    According to Wikipedia, "Oooh, I could crush a grape" was the catchphrase of Stu Francis, a British comedian and lead presenter on the children's show Crackerjack. As an American, I've never heard of Stu Francis, and Crackerjack to me is a delicious popcorn-based snack. Therefore, I don't know whether (or why) this is what's being referenced by that fan. It might, however, be a fruitful area of research. – Nicholas Aug 4 '11 at 6:06
  • 2
    I think it was used ironically ie. the speaker was underwhelmed. – user20227 Apr 17 '12 at 21:37
2

It came from the children's tv show Crackerjack, in which a man called Stu Francis used to shout catchphrases,:

Stu Francis also did a stand-up routine on occasion, using such catchphrases as "Ooh I Could Crush A Grape/Jump Off A Doll`s House" etc.

also

Stu Francis (born 1951, Bolton, Lancashire, England) is a British comedian with a camp style of delivery who achieved celebrity as lead presenter on the children's television programme Crackerjack (1979–1984), on which his catchphrase was "Ooh! I could crush a grape".

This show was really popular, so "I'm so excited I could crush a grape." became in common use, basically meaning "I'm really excited", and the rest was just for comedy.

N.B., other catchphrases from Crackerjack include:

“Ooh, I could crush a grape/rip a tissue/pummel a peach”),

|improve this answer|||||
1

There seems to be some debate as to whether 'I could crush a grape' was used to mean 'I'm genuinely excited' or 'I'm supposed to be excited about this but I'm underwhelmed'. As it was used in a children's show watched also by adults, I would suggest that the children would assume the former but the real meaning for the adults was the latter. For the background see http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/don-t-mind-remembered-crush-grape-man/story-11949409-detail/story.html

|improve this answer|||||
  • The link no longer works, and this is why we try and tell users to write a summary or quote a few lines IN their answers instead of just adding a link. – Mari-Lou A Jun 3 '19 at 11:01
1

In "The Code of the Woosters" by P.G. Woodhouse (first published in 1938), Stiffy Byng tells Bertram Wooster “I'm so happy I could bite a grape” about her upcoming wedding and it doesn't seem like she's underwhelmed.

|improve this answer|||||

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.