Dark Bilious Vapors

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07/24/2005: Speaking of faf and his PIE blogging Fridays:

A while ago - I was surfing through my Dictionary of Idioms (I like dictionary's as well as books) looking for the origin of the expression "a short walk off a long pier" and while I didn't find that one, I found lots about PIE:

Just make sure you're not actually eating pie (or anything) when you read this...it's not too appetizing:

Eat Humble Pie: This expression is similar to 'eat crow" but comes from medieval times, when there really was a pie called umble or numble pie. Umbles were the heart, liver, entrails of deers and other animals...only servant ate pies made out of animals' guts.

[If you EVER see any pies like this...RUN in the opposite direction!!]

"Umble" was changed to"humble" which means lowly or meek, by the early 1800 the expression "eat humble pie" had come to mean profusely appolgizing for a humiliating error.

Finger In every Pie: The image that possibly created this expression might be of a person who can't decide what pie he or she wants - blueberry, pecan, peach - so they stick a finger in Every Pie to get a Taste of Each. [Uhhh...I would prefer not have known this myself.]

Think of each "pie" as a different activity or project, and when you put your finger into this "pie" you have an interest or responsibility for that activity. [Sure...and you have a sticky, gross, pie covered finger too!!!]

Thus, to have a finger in every pie means to have a part in something, to be involved in many matters, businesses and activities.

[Right...And who wants to EAT any of those pies NOW - I want to know??]

So readers Be Cautious about these very serious dangers of eating "certain" pies. It's not a simple as I always thought or as faf's fabulous PIE Blogging Friday makes it sound.

And No need to thank me for this vitally important educational material... It's my pleasure...anything for PIE.

Karen on 07.24.05 @ 11:54 AM CST

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