Sometimes they say "offer salt & bread" to present as welcome; there is also деловая колбаса - business sausage? - what do they mean exactly and can you say "предложить деловую колбасу" analog to "предложить хлеб и соль" on business occasions? (and as symbol for willingness for a good deal, because of the "offer" - предложение").

To explain the relationship of these terms, there is a phrase "all what is in the stove, on table swords" (I do not know the context why swords are important, maybe because of "who comes with a sword, will die from a sword") but if in ancient times they took bread out of the stove, nowadays you would take from refrigerator a sausage, probably for scientists the doctor sausage (докторская) and for business people the business one (деловая). The pejorative connotation with sausage is more clear on example of "sausage emigration".

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    Please, clarify what makes you think that "предложить деловую колбасу" has something to do with "salt'n'bread" phrase. It's really unclear what you are asking. Also, formatting is 20% of success.
    – shabunc
    Commented Jun 13, 2017 at 12:36
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    ru.wiktionary.org/wiki/… - "деловая колбаса" is a derogatory jargon about people overly stressing how busy they are, reeking of self-importance, etc. Why колбаса ? Dunno...
    – Arioch
    Commented Jun 13, 2017 at 15:40
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    Oh gosh, no offense but this question is wrong literally about every aspect mentioned.
    – shabunc
    Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 11:34
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    By "all what is in the stove, on table swords" could you mean "Что в печи, всё на стол мечи."? It can be difficult to identify the words used in Russian sayings like this one. While it is true that "мечи" is the plural of "меч" (sword), it is also the second person singular imperative of метать. Thus the expression means "Whatever is in the oven, sweep it onto the table."
    – David42
    Commented Jun 14, 2017 at 18:22
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    Not a bad idea for another Hollywood klyukva. "Comrades, let me offer you this business sausage. Just wait a minute, I have to put some swords on the table first."
    – Headcrab
    Commented Jun 19, 2017 at 6:59

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"Деловая колбаса" is a slang phrase, which ironically describes a person who is trying to look or behaves like as serious business man (or just tries to look like an overloaded with more serious tasks). It often applicable for kids, who behave like adults, I would say.

It has nothing to do, actually, with a sausage itself. It will look very funny if you'll present "деловая колбаса" as a welcome :)

Also, "докторская колбаса" has nothing to do with scientists or doctors. It's just a well known brand of relatively cheap sausage in Soviet Union. If someone uses this term nowadays, he probably refers to Soviet Union times in some case.

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    "докторская колбаса" has nothing to do with scientists or doctors - not true. Doctors are not its "target audience" indeed, but the relation existed. AFAIR it was claimed the recipe was made by doctors, ensuring this food is healthy enough to be given for sick persons.
    – Arioch
    Commented Jun 15, 2017 at 9:18

While "деловая колбаса" does mean "business sausage", it is not a sausage served at business meetings. Instead it is a parody of the phrase "деловой человек" (businessman). The picture it presents is of a sausage which has risen from the plate to put on a business suit and go out into the world with a briefcase.

If we say of someone "Он--деловая колбаса" we mean that he is parodying the behavior of busy people doing important work as a way of making himself seem more important. You might say this of a child who sees his play as important tasks. Or you might say it of a person who tries to impress others by taking and making "important phone calls" at social events such as dinner parties.


Below is what I found online:

«Ну ты – деловая колбаса!» Сегодня в этом обращении слышится некоторое пренебрежение к товарищу, чересчур озабоченному кипучей деятельностью. Но многие старожилы помнят, что и в самом деле была в своё время такая колбаса. Не верите? А я не сомневаюсь, я видела, продавалась она в гастрономе, что на улице Плюснина. Колбаса эта была недорогая, как говорили тогда хозяйки, «бумажная», лежала она в витрине рядом с тоже дешёвой «Ливерной». Вкуснейшие «Докторская», «Русская» и прочие немногочисленные сорта колбас из «благородных» гордо располагались в отдельной витрине. Брали «Деловую» и «Ливерную» в основном мужики – граммов по двести на закуску к «маленькой» или женщины – на корм котам и собакам, откуда её второе, народное название «собачья радость». Нам, детям, тоже хотелось попробовать эту самую «Деловую», но так и не удалось... А ведь интересно, какая же она была на вкус?


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