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(63 Posts)
phoenix Wed 09-Jan-19 20:56:26

Twice bloody twice, she said "the proof is in the pudding".

The phrase, as evry fule nos, (sic) is "The proof of the pudding is in the eating"!

Why do so many people get this wrong?

MawBroon Wed 09-Jan-19 20:59:03

Becos they is thick, innit!

aggie Wed 09-Jan-19 21:09:35

I had that programme on , but the sound turned off due to DD trying to have a sensible conversation with me about plant names , so I missed that gem !

PECS Wed 09-Jan-19 21:10:54

With you there phoenix ! grin It makes no sense to say "the proof is in the pudding". Unless someone's hidden the gun in it!

Grannybags Wed 09-Jan-19 21:17:16

Oh yes! It's really annoying isn't it?

Jalima1108 Wed 09-Jan-19 21:37:19

Which Kirsty is the pudding-brain?

How stupid, everyone nos its silver sixpenys wot is in the pudding

merlotgran Wed 09-Jan-19 21:37:39

Er…...Might I be pedantic and point out that her name is Kirstie? grin

I do agree though.

dragonfly46 Wed 09-Jan-19 21:42:31

Phoenix, Maw grin

phoenix Wed 09-Jan-19 21:57:10

merlot I sit (on the sofa) corrected! ,

phoenix Wed 09-Jan-19 22:00:53

Pecs or unless someone has put a photographic or print item within a dessert?

Bathsheba Wed 09-Jan-19 22:04:46

Aaagghhh! Don't these idiots ever stop and think about what they're saying? What on earth did she think the 'proof' was? And anyway, what's it doing in the pudding - shouldn't it be in an evidence bag? grin

Bathsheba Wed 09-Jan-19 22:05:30

Pecs or unless someone has put a photographic or print item within a dessert?

It might be your STD card *phoenix grin

Auntieflo Wed 09-Jan-19 22:33:59

And she even hesitated quite a while before she said it.

absent Thu 10-Jan-19 02:14:26

The proof is in the pudding – in the form of a damn great ruby – in one of Agatha Christie's short stories, The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding. Otherwise, no!

absent Thu 10-Jan-19 02:15:27

See – the exception proves the rule! And I've heard that misunderstood lots of times too.

yggdrasil Thu 10-Jan-19 09:01:51

The word 'prove' is an old-fashioned way of saying 'test'

IE 'The test of the pudding is in the eating'
and 'the exception tests the rule'

Makes perfect sense if you know that.

Teetime Thu 10-Jan-19 09:17:15

I like Kirsty!

Teetime Thu 10-Jan-19 09:17:30

She says a lot of wise things too.

annsixty Thu 10-Jan-19 09:47:08

I think we all know what she meant, who amongst us hasn't said the wrong thing and then regretted it immediately, especially in public.
Didn't someone on GN post about exactly that recently?

Sheilasue Thu 10-Jan-19 10:05:52

Didn’t think anybody used those old fashioned sentences now. Always made me laugh what’s the one about the horse?
Shut the stable door after the horse has bolted?
Early bird catches the worms.

Grammaretto Thu 10-Jan-19 10:17:43

Who is this offending Kirsty/ie ? What is this programme?
Is it woman's hour? I'd better switch the radio on - t'would help.
The proof of the programme is in the listening.

Hm999 Thu 10-Jan-19 10:19:51

My favourite (not) is 'spitting feathers' for being angry. No it means thirsty. Spitting fire or something similar is angry.

Gaggi3 Thu 10-Jan-19 10:41:55

Keep a stiff upper lip and on your toes, with your nose to the grindstone, your back to the wall, your ear to the ground, shouldering the burden, and putting a brave face on it.

Wendiwoo Thu 10-Jan-19 11:15:51

Kirstie/Kirsty drives me nuts!!!

sarahellenwhitney Thu 10-Jan-19 11:38:38

Wendiwoo. Give me Nigella any day.