Monday Musings: Are You Cutting The Mustard?

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Pictured above is a field of mustard we drove by while touring the Côte D'Or in Burgundy in the little village of Querigny-Poisot.  Once harvested the crop travels to  Dijon, the mustard capital of France. 

 

In talking to our British friend we learned that the expression of cutting the mustard originated in England.  In researching this, we learned according to the Guardian, 

 

"WHEN MUSTARD was one of the main crops in East Anglia, it was cut by hand with scythes, in the same way as corn. The crop could grow up to six feet high and this was very arduous work, requiring extremely sharp tools. When blunt they "would not cut the mustard"."

 

THE MORRIS Dictionary of Word & Phrase Origins (Harper Collins - 1988), relates the phrase to an earlier expression - "the proper mustard", meaning "the genuine article".

 

“Almost anything is edible with a dab of French mustard on it.”
Nigel Slater.

 

Success in real estate or any field of endeavor means that your tools have to be up to date (sharp) and you have to be "the genuine article!"  Are you cutting the mustard?

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Dave Rosenmarkle
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Hi Ron & Alexandra,

Many are familiar with parable of the mustard seed and the statement of faith. I wonder how many of us actually put that concept in practice and demonstrate faith in our own abilities to provide the best service possible to our clients.

Jun 17, 2019 09:46 AM #9
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Beth Atalay thank you for your comment.  Like you, I am always learning something new, and this was one of the many instances...every day it seems has an interesting unfolding. A

Jun 17, 2019 09:55 AM #10
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty we are both magnets for new info, just based on our reading habits, and discussions with friends, or even a walk on the beach reveals something new and intersting.  A

Jun 17, 2019 09:56 AM #11
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Dave Rosenmarkle I do know that parable and the statement of faith.  It is a good one, because the actual mustard seed is very small,  Having faith in our abilites and constantly honing them is imprtant.  Thank you for taking time to comment on our post. A

Jun 17, 2019 09:58 AM #12
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Grant Schneider
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Good afternoon Ron and Alexandra - now I am reminded that I am out of Dijon mustard.  Thanks for the trivia on "cutting the mustard."

Jun 17, 2019 10:34 AM #13
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Grant Schneider we love the French Dijon mustard, and we use it in many of our meals.  Ron is making turkey burgers as I write this comment and he puts a couple of tablespoons of mustard.  That gives it great flavor. A

Jun 17, 2019 11:59 AM #14
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Roy Kelley
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Thank you very much for sharing your photograph and this interesting lesson.

Jun 17, 2019 12:16 PM #15
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
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Lovely photo, Ron and Alexandra Seigel . Excusez-moi; s'il te plaît passe le poupon gris?

Jun 17, 2019 01:02 PM #16
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI thank you for the comment, love that you speak French. A

Jun 17, 2019 01:04 PM #17
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Love this little history of 'cutting the mustard'. I had no idea of where that saying came from, now I do thanks to you two!! Gary was just in the Burgandy area but he didn't have time to tour the country side which I'm sure he would have enjoyed. I have a funny story about grey poupon! About 20 years ago some friends and I were at the top of Squaw Peak Mountain enjoying the incredible early morning. Out of the blue a black helipcopter kept circling the mountain top - which was kind of creepy! The windows were blackened so we could't see inside. Then the door opens - very slowly - which was a bit eery. A guy finally pops his head out the door and asks me - excuse me darling but would you happen to have any grey poupon in your backpack?  We all burst out laughing and I said - well I'm not sure - let me check! It was a kick and we talk about that hike to this day! The joys of grey poupon and cutting the mustard!!

Jun 17, 2019 03:45 PM #18
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 what a fabulous story.  That commercial really communicated the joys of Grey Poupon...We are considering a project in Burgundy that came up at the end of our stay there...It should be a lot of fun for us  to do and would necessitate a few trips back there. What was Gary doing there?  I hope he brought home some wine. The wines are so fabulous there, and sadly very few are imported here...So we made sure to sample lots.  Have a fabulous week.  A

Jun 17, 2019 04:52 PM #19
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Wow, that picture takes me back a few decades to a time as a young bride, we hunted, fished and gathered.  My mom and I often walked along a river bank, that was plentiful with wild mustard greens.  Believe it or not, they tasted wonderful when steamed al dente and sprinkled with just a little red wine vinegar with garlic.

Jun 17, 2019 05:20 PM #20
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Hi Ron and Alexandra- I love mustard!!!! And how interesting to learn the origins of the phrase that I use so much. 

Jun 17, 2019 05:21 PM #21
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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CONGRATULATIONS Ron and Alexandra, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jun 17, 2019 05:22 PM #22
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Myrl Jeffcoat funny that you used a little red wine vinegar, it is part of the formula of Dijon mustard...it was the right taste.  We have mustard greens at the Farmers market and they are tasty.  A

Jun 17, 2019 06:25 PM #23
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Kathy Streib we enjoyed learning about it, and it is always fun to share it also.  A

Jun 17, 2019 06:26 PM #24
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James Dray
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Morning Alexandra.

While I've heard that phrase many times, I had no idea of why it was used, now I know, thanks

Jun 18, 2019 02:35 AM #25
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 Paris does have Burgundy wines to sample.  As a matter of fact we spotted a wonderful new store  in Paris that carries wines from all over the world (CA included). They also have a wonderful restaurant upstairs and they charge for wine as if you were buying it retail.  If Gary is still there, tell him it is Lavinia near the Madeleine.  A

Jun 18, 2019 12:02 PM #26
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Very interesting to read and learn about "cutting the mustard".

Jun 18, 2019 07:35 PM #27
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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I had no idea and to boot I had no idea that France has mustard plants like California growing on the wild:)Endre

Jun 18, 2019 11:47 PM #28
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