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“You Take the Cake!” (& Other Ruined Expressions)

“No, Really:  Bring . . the . . Cake!” Thanks to popular culture, some perfectly innocuous phrases have been ruined. To pick just one example, son #2 and I were bringing his birthday cake, ice cream, etc. to the party room where we were hosting his friends the other weekend. My hands were full, so...
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“Take it Outside”: the ORIGINAL Meaning

“It Depends on What the Definition of ‘It’ Is” “Take it outside,” if you’re a certain age (I am), invariably means there’s about to be a fight somewhere inside, and the proprietor of the establishment/bartender/host of the party wants nothing to do with it. Contrast that definition with the original, literal one:      Dad, grilling on...
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“You Take the Cake!” (& Other Ruined Expressions)

“No, Really:  Bring . . the . . Cake!” Thanks to popular culture, some perfectly innocuous phrases have been ruined. To pick just one example, my 13 year-old son and I were bringing his birthday cake, ice cream, etc. to the party room where we were hosting his friends the other weekend. My hands were...
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