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Q: Now you're cooking with gas! ( No Answer,   4 Comments )
Subject: Now you're cooking with gas!
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: dekreeft27-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 10 Jun 2004 12:53 PDT
Expires: 10 Jul 2004 12:53 PDT
Question ID: 359322
I have read that this expression comes from an old gas stove
advertisment. I would like to know the name of the company that
originally coined this phrase. Secondly, I would like to find an
original copy of some advertising material from this company featuring
this phrase that I could buy. Thanks
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Now you're cooking with gas!
From: pinkfreud-ga on 10 Jun 2004 13:28 PDT
I remember hearing this slogan on the radio in the 1950s, when
electric ranges were starting to be very popular in the United States.
I think the slogan was promoting gas stoves in general, rather than a
particular brand of stoves. The sponsor was, I believe, a coalition of
natural gas producers.
Subject: Re: Now you're cooking with gas!
From: tutuzdad-ga on 10 Jun 2004 13:37 PDT
"According to Wentworth & Flexner's _Dictionary of American Slang_
(1967), it is "Orig. swing use. Fairly well known in c1940, still some

"Cooking with gas" meant perfect understanding. (_Time_, Jan 12, 1941)" 


Does this answer your question?

Subject: Re: Now you're cooking with gas!
From: dekreeft27-ga on 10 Jun 2004 14:12 PDT
Thanks but not really. I know the definition, actually there are a few
different ones apparently, but what I want is a definitive answer as
to what company or organization came up with this slogan originally
and used it to promote their products. One site I read claims that
this originated in the 1800's and known commonly by the 1940's.
Subject: Re: Now you're cooking with gas!
From: kaikoura-ga on 13 Jun 2004 10:33 PDT
Can't find a link to the phrase in question, but the first
commercially successful gas stove was patented by James Sharp of
Northampton, England in 1826.

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