Not many people know this, but "piece of cake" is actually a term from the 1870's when people holding competitions used to give away slices of cake as prizes. It was so easy to win cake at these things that people started using the phrase "piece of cake" to describe simple tasks. That's all well and good, I'm sure that made plenty of sense 140 years ago, but times have changed. Why do we hold onto sayings that no longer apply to our lives? Receiving cake as a prize is very difficult these days. Cakes and baked goods are a high value industry in today's America. No one just goes handing out cake anymore. What if we kept using other sayings that have long since outlived their meanings like "Where's the beef?" and "Coloreds Only"? That would just be incredibly stupid, yet "Piece of cake" is much older than those sayings and we still throw it around like it means something. Cake is actually worth more than the American dollar at this point. So the next time you describe something easy as a "piece of cake" don't be surprised when a pastry chef slaps you in your ignorant mouth.
|WMD: Weapon of Mass Deliciousness.|