John Sir’s Daily Lesson #9 (约翰老师的每日一课:第9课)

Lesson #9:

(9 September 2018)

“Jam tomorrow and jam yesterday – but never jam today.”

(English) Meaning:

  1. This is a quotation from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There (1871) by Lewis Carroll – in which the White Queen wants Alice to be her lady’s-maid and offers her two-pence a week and jam every other day with the rule: ‘jam tomorrow and jam yesterday – but never jam today’. When Alice objected that it ‘must’ come sometimes to ‘jam today’, the Queen said: “It’s jam every other day: today isn’t ‘any other day’”.
  2. “Jam tomorrow” became a synonym for a ‘pie in the sky’ promise of good things in the future.




yǒu guò wèi lái


měi hǎo de

jué shì jīn tiān


语音:英语(John Hung)/普通话(彭比惠




More Learning:

  1. The golden age was never the present age. It is noted that the golden age is always in the past. Those that lived during the golden age probably did not realize how fortunate they were and always looked forward to better times! (“黃金時代絕不是當代”。)
  2. If there is one day of the week that we enjoy more than the other six, today never seems to be that day.
  3. John C. Hotten’s A dictionary of modern slang, cant, and vulgar words, 1859: “Real jam, a sporting phrase, meaning anything exceptionally good.”




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