Phrase Malise

“The Proof Is In the Pudding”

No, it’s not. If the proof was literally in the pudding, all you would have is a soggy, piece of proof. The correct phrase is:

“The Proof of the Pudding is in the EATING.”

Well of course, Skippy! Doesn’t that make sense? Language MUST make sense if it’s to be an agreed-upon, verbal or written exchange of thoughts between people.

7 Responses to “Phrase Malise”

  1. Bill says:

    I agree with your sentiment; however, the average American says “I could care less” when he actually means the exact opposite. While it makes no sense, most listeners do understand what he intends. Me? I gnash my teeth. But not “literally”.

    Jeez, I read your post and now I’m ready to tilt at windmills. I’ll close now before I start frothing at the mouth, figuratively speaking.

  2. You made some good points there. I did a search on the topic and found most people will agree with your blog.

  3. Joseph Belle-Isle says:

    Well I always say “I COULDN’T care less.” But then again I AM smarter than the entire Congress and Obama and the entire world leadership combined. And I still find it hard to believe that most of the other guys that went to ‘Nam never saw a monkey fuck a dog. If anyone that was there never saw that what WAS the reason for their being there?

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