Piece of Cake

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8 comments on this post.
  1. Eddie:

    With all this talk of cake, I feel I must point out to you the lyric from Toy Matinee’s “Last Plane Out” which reads:

    “With cake in vulgar surplus,
    you can have it, and eat it too”

    A very modern turn on the phrase, I think.

  2. Johnny Dubb:

    Wow! And I thought I surprised people with how few movies I’ve watched!

    No Mary Poppins? No Sound of Music?
    Now, I have no qualms about admitting that I have not seen the Titanic, or Shrek, but I thought everybody had seen those two musicals.

    I guess you really take the cake on that one!

  3. CJ D:

    After reading the answer above, and the brief mention of the Unabomber, I wonder about the origin of “make a stink” (or “raise a stink”) to mean “make a fuss.” How long have people used that expression? Did it come from the Greek understanding of the “humors” and bile and such being associated with anger, which could connect anger to indigestion, and then to possible emission of odors? Any ideas?

  4. Tula Shintaku:

    I love Shrek movies, awesome animation movie.

  5. Ilze Vitands:

    I read somewhere that the cakewalk itself derived from slaves mocking their masters’ pretentious displays during “The Grand March” portion of fancy balls, which was popular in white culture at the time. For an example of a Grand March, watch the John Ford movie “Fort Apache”.

  6. Mikel Obst:

    I’ve had an Afro for 7 years. It’s a statement of who I am and where I’m from. Enjoy the Fro!

  7. lauren:

    thanks this really helped me with my speech whcih we have to talk about the orgin of an idiom for 2 minutes!

  8. john barach:

    there’s a story I’m trying to find in which a sailor of a PT boat in Europe – maybe the Dieppe raid?- calls the trip to come a “piece of cake”. I think he dies . Any help?

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