This is so random but I felt like I had to share. Something has been bugging me recently. It has resurfaced in my periphery—I have heard it said in TV shows, movies, commercials, in conversations with others (and while overhearing people chatting) over the years, and more so over the past few weeks, and I just have to address it….
I personally think that the words “eat it” were mistakenly substituted over the years for “ice cream” in the famous phrase, “have your cake and eat it too“.
Don’t we all want to eat the cake? Aren’t we supposed to eat it? What’s the purpose of having a slice of cake just to stare at it, throw it away, or let someone else have it? Yes, like I said this is a random, where-the-heck-is-she-coming-from post, but aren’t you tired of wondering why people feel justified using a phrase that makes absolutely no sense?
Now what makes sense is that we shouldn’t expect ice cream just because we have cake. That could be considered flat-out greedy. Which is what the phrase is implying. So why not get it right?
That’s why I think it’s more appropriate to say, “have your cake and ice cream too” or more passionately said while rolling your eyes and waving your finger in the air, “you can’t have your cake and ice cream too dang it!” Okay maybe not the “dang it” part, that was just a little extra for emphasis.
Just my two thoughts. What do you think? I told you this was random! [smile]
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