should have stood in bed, I

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should have stood in bed, I

I've had such a bad day that I should never have gotten up at all. For example, And then I got rear-ended at the stop signI should have stood in bed. This ungrammatical colloquial phraseproperly put as stayed in bedis ascribed to fight manager Joe Jacobs, who in 1935 saw his first baseball game, the opening game of the World Series between the Detroit Tigers and Chicago Cubs. It was a very cold day, and when asked what he thought of baseball, Jacobs replied, "I should have stood in bed."

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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