The Proof is in the Pudding…
What?!? I have heard this term many times, but didn’t fully understand it. I was thinking more along the lines of a soufflé that could fall or fail in the end. After looking up its true meaning, it turns out that in a way I was not that far off, although it really isn’t about a sweet dessert, it seems that pudding was something else altogether in the medieval 1600s. The original phrase has been butchered and shortened over the past few hundred years, so here’s the full version: “The proof of the pudding is in the eating.” It means that the true value or quality of something can only be judged when it’s put to use. The meaning is often summed up as “results are what count.”
Why am I mentioning this obscure idiom? Well… mainly because I am such a foodie, that I am always finding food references or inferences in everything that I do. This particular quote uses one of my favorite foods: pudding…… yummmm…… oh- ok, back to writing… so believe it or not, I made this connection after making updates to a website, and consequently “putting” the pages up (uploading) followed by the usual “proofing” of the work.
I giggled to myself as my brain took a slant on the food reference and made it “the proof is in the putting.” So, if I made all of the changes and adjustments correctly, when I “put up” the new pages, it would result in a useful, reliable and valuable information tool, not a fallen soufflé.
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