The Proof is in the Pudding (and other misspoken bits)

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by kyteflyer, Sep 22, 2017.

  1. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Minor diversion: Matt, thank god there is someone other than me who knows the proper expression. I swear I am going to commit homicide next time I hear someone say “the proof is in the pudding” It doesnt even make sense!!
    /diversion.
     
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  2. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Sue, don't get me started... "baited breath", and all that. AARGH!
     
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  3. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    Walla!
     
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  4. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    Steve
  5. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I never had an issue with the abbreviated "the proof is in the pudding"....obviously one needs to eat it to be certain. But whether it is eaten or not, the proof is still in there....right?
     
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  6. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    And now I learn that pudding (as used in the original old saying) was more like a sausage than a sweet desert!
     
  7. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    I think the original expression probably referred to “proving” as in cooking. anything baked with flour is often “proved” prior to cooking. That is, left in a bowl to rise or rest or do whatever it is that its supposed to, before being placed in the oven. If not proved, the eating would likely be unpleasant. However, there is still no proof in a pudding, no matter what the thinking is. So in answer to your question, I would say no, and the correct expression should be used. THERE IS NO PROOF IN A DAMN PUDDING!
     
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  8. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Did you mean Dessert?
     
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  9. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Sorry... I know... I cringe, often. And then I get to imagining what baited breath must smell like... old prawns? worms? small fish?
     
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  10. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
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  11. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Marketing neologisms -

    ToysRUs ("We Are Toys" would be preferable although still a physical impossibility).

    eBayisms...

    "Minty"

    "Lense"

    And of course the nonsensical "pre-ordering"

    :dash2:
     
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  12. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    Irregardless, it goes in one ear and out the otter.



    Ok, so I made up the otter. Irregardless.
     
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  13. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    Steve
    Home is where the heart is.
     
  14. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    I'm not oriented toward orientated.

    Of course, I was an infinitive splitter down at the semantics works. Later I was promoted to participle dangler.

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  15. Petach

    Petach SC All-Pro

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    My Mum had her very own saying which I use on occasion. Never fails to baffle. "I understood what I thought you said, but what you said wasn't what I thought you meant"
     
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  16. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    Ouch, my brain just cramped.

    Cheers, Jock
     
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  17. Petach

    Petach SC All-Pro

    Oct 22, 2011
    UK, Essex
    Peter Tachauer
    I used to use it in meetings if someone came out with some meaningless & generic management drivel The silence was palpable for a second, then someone would politely cough and it would carry on as though nothing had happened.
     
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  18. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    :D My equivalent is: "Let's use the Sword of Damocles to cleave the Gordian Knot and get to the thin end of the white elephant."
    ...it gets the same sort of reaction.

    I had a meeting brought forward by an hour the other day. The organiser informed me, without a trace of irony, that it had been "preponed"...
     
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  19. MoonMind

    MoonMind SC Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Dec 29, 2013
    Switzerland
    Matt
    I'm so glad I'm not the only one to care about proper expressions ... As a language teacher, I often wonder if I'm somewhat anal rententive about such "minor issues" ... It's no better in my native language community, I can assure you. It was refreshing to read some genuinely funny quotes. Thanks, all :)

    M.
     
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  20. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY
    I friend gave me a thing called BS Bingo (except it wasn't abbreviated), a game for use in meetings. It was a sheet of paper like a bingo sheet, and each square had one of those phrases that management just loves -- forward thinking, customer centric, best practices, optimization, and so forth. As each one is used, you cross it off the card. When you get a full card, you stand up in the meeting and yell BS! (Cleaning out your desk may be optional, or compulsory . . . it depends.)

    Cheers, Jock
     
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