Do we have a word for this in English? The mayor and a couple of other people come along and dig a symbolic first spadeful of earth on a building site – no matter, as I realize now, if work has been going on for a couple of months and huge holes have been dug and filled in again. It symbolizes the beginning of work on a building (this is a multi-storey car park).
Collins says ‘to turn the first sod’. I’m not quite convinced.
Anyway, this is distracting me from my work:
Unfortunately I missed the actual digging (see picture in Fürther Nachrichten).