This myth is almost too embarrassing to post on my blog. Surely, no one could take this canard seriously! Alas . . .
Ron Cofield, Director of Interpretation at Historic London Town and Gardens, dealt with this myth so succinctly a couple years ago that I cannot do better than to quote his words.
“Find a dictionary, look up the definition for toaster, then toast, then the suffix -er. If you still feel that the above saying is correct, stop leading tours or talking about history.”
It shouldn’t be necessary to say, but note that you don’t turn the toaster with your toe, the handle is meant to be moved with your hand.