February 21, 2012

Shovel Leaners and Toaster Leavin's

Here’s a pair of interesting phrases which are apparently fairly new to “formal” vocabulary.

“Shovel leaners” doesn’t appear in any dictionary that I could find. However, I did find references to it in several blogs. Gathering the meaning from the context, the term refers to workers who collect a paycheck for apparently doing nothing. The origin appears to be from road construction projects where several lanes are closed off and several individuals are leaning on their shovels watching one individual do the actual work.

“Toaster Leavin’s”, is defined at urbandictionary.com as the crumbs left behind in the bottom of the toaster.

Maybe I should go outside and offer some toaster leavin’s to those shovel leaners….

~Marie