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July 25, 2011

Mangling your aphorisms

Is the proof in the pudding or in the eating?

My father was a terrible cook he managed to burn, boil dry or create lumps in just about anything he tried to make. One day he produced a beautiful creamed rice pudding – no one in the family could believe it – it looked beautiful. It seemed that dad could do it after all – here it was — the proof was in the pudding – or so we thought. One mouthful of the tempting treat proved the fallacy of this – he had used salt instead of sugar – the moral of this story is that the proof of the pudding is in the eating – not just in producing the pudding itself. Something can look terrific but you don’t know the quality until you try it – or put it to use — that is what the aphorism means: The proof of the pudding is in the eating.

Rice pudding with cinnamon

Rolled Gold or Solid Gold?

I find it very amusing when our politicians or CEOs tell us they are giving us a ‘Rolled Gold Promise’ or ‘Rolled Gold Deal’ – Rolled Gold is a thin veneer of gold bonded to base metal. Once upon a time we were given ‘Solid Gold Promises’. The Federal Trade Commission rules state that the term “solid gold” can be applied to items which are not hollow. I know which I prefer. Give me a Solid Gold Promise or Deal over Rolled Gold ‘hollow’ one any day.

What are your pet grievances with mangled sayings, proverbs or aphorisms? Can you produce any from this week’s media? You only have to watch and listen until the next one comes along …

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