Lolita   Wed Apr 05, 2006 10:28 am GMT
What does the expression "off the beaten path" mean? Thanks in advance. :)
Jim C, York   Wed Apr 05, 2006 11:06 am GMT
Can mean venturing away from the conventional rules, or into areas not often visited. Actualy can mean a fair few things. A beaten path is created just by the shear amount of people that have walked the same way through wild land. A nice phrase (often used sarcasticly) is, beating a path to someone's door.
lu   Wed Apr 05, 2006 12:05 pm GMT
Just curious. Why is it often used sarcasticlly?
Jim C, York   Thu Apr 06, 2006 12:55 pm GMT
Lets say that someone you dislike has invited you round, you could say to someone "oh yeah, Ill be beating a path to HIS door!"

Of course you can use it in the nice way, I think there is a nice peom with the phrase in it, I cant remember how it goes though.
If you do visit someone you like, alot. You could jokingly say to them "im beating path to yours!" though most people nowerdays say "im working a groove into the road"
greg   Thu Apr 06, 2006 1:34 pm GMT
L'expression « hors des sentiers battus » remonte au latin comme en témoigne ce dicton : « via trita, via tuta ».
Uriel   Thu Apr 06, 2006 4:29 pm GMT
A common sarcastic phrase would be "They're not exactly beating a path to his door" -- meaning he is not being sought out, or is not popular or successful.