Tuesday, June 20, 2006


You want to have your cake and eat it, too, don't you? Sure. It's okay. We all do. But isn't the cliche that you CAN'T have your cake and eat it?

Eating it, having it...where did this cliche about cake come from? A quick search on worldwidewords.org gave me the answer:

"Though presumably rather older, it is first written down in John Heywood’s A Dialogue Conteynyng Prouerbes and Epigrammes of 1562: “Wolde ye bothe eate your cake, and haue your cake?”. John Keats quoted it as eat your cake and have it at the beginning of his poem On Fame in 1816; Franklin D Roosevelt borrowed it in that form for his State of the Union Address in 1940; a search of nineteenth-century literature shows it to be about twice as common as the other."

You can't have it both ways, is what it means. And though everyone understands that, we all still want cake. To have and to eat.

But nobody ever wants to BE cake!

Or do they?

I am a piece of cake.


Blogger jim said...

does that mean you are 'easy'?

You remind me of a Jewish boy I know. must be your age or so.

5:14 AM  

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