On 04/01/2011 05:11 PM, Boyd Stephen Smith Jr. wrote:
On 2011-04-01 13:48:06 Ron Johnson wrote:
On 04/01/2011 11:24 AM, Boyd Stephen Smith Jr. wrote:
On 2011-04-01 01:31:47 Klistvud wrote:
the final proof will be in the pudding ...
The proof *of* the pudding is in the eating.
Except when the proof is actually *in* the pudding...
Anyway, since American pudding is nothing like British pudding we
altered the phrase. And now our way is the right way, gosh darn it!!!
As an American, I think we should honor the long history of this proverb by at
least *knowing* the full form, since "the proof is in the pudding" makes
little sense. "The proof of the pudding is in the eating." is a bit of an
archaic wording, but it does make sense; you don't know the quality of pudding
before you taste it.
Or... you begin to eat it, see toenail clippings and proclaim, "The
proof is *in* the pudding: it's inedible!!"
"Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure
the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally
Samuel Adams, essay in The Public Advertiser, 1749
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