Yellow brick road

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The Yellow brick road is a stock phrase referring to a path which leads to a life of fantasy and carefreeness.

The Yellow brick road is an element in the story about The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. In the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz, both a Yellow Brick Road and a Red Brick Road emanate from the town square in Munchkinland.

It is often a misconception that the yellow brick road leads to Oz. As "Oz" is also a short-form slang word for the country Australia, phrases like "down the yellow brick road" sometimes mean "in Australia". In actuality the yellow brick road was already in Oz and led to the Emerald City. The movie version of The Wizard of Oz adds to the confusion when the scarecrow and Dorothy say, "To Oz?" "To Oz!"

Phrases referring to the yellow brick road are sometimes perceived as hopelessly idiomatic by non-native English speakers.

There are also real Yellow Brick roads, such as the one in Hoboken, New Jersey (Castle Point Terrace).

A variation on this phrase is involved in this vulgar joke (http://www.happy-gods.com/jokes/showjoke.php?joke=489).



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