Originally Posted by HarryT
I've always been puzzled by the "... they couldn't pay me to read" thing. Is the OP seriously saying that he wouldn't spend a few hours reading a book he didn't enjoy if, as a result of doing so, he was paid a large enough sum of money to live in luxury for the rest of his life?
I'd go for it like a shot, personally!
I suggest that it's more of an expression than an absolute. I'll often be found saying "I'd rather slit my own throat" or variations on that theme when asked if I watched a particular programme on TV. With perhaps the exception of Jeremy Clarkson, I'm only joking