I’m interested with the origins of idioms, and whilst what follows isn’t necessarily the origin of the phrase as is used today, it’s an early usage that makes a funny story.
Saint Lorenzo (a.k.a. Lawrence of Rome)
- Distributed the Church’s wealth to the poor
- Told the government that the people of the area were the real valuables
- Got sentenced to death because apparently nobody has a sense of humour.
- Was barbecued
- Was reportedly asked if he was roasted yet
- Responded “this side’s done, you might want to turn me over and take a bite/ bite me”.
- Obviously, this was also sarcastic because this guy was a riot.