A friend recently asked (rhetorically I think) why the proof was in the pudding, as the saying goes. Well, just because she wasn’t asking me directly doesn’t mean my word-nerd brain didn’t immediately go “well, as it happens…” and so now I’m here sharing it with you all in blog-land.
It’s actually pretty nonsensical in the ‘proof is in the pudding’ form. What it should be, but apparently we’re all too lazy to say, is ‘the proof of the pudding is in the eating’. Which makes complete sense.
I suppose at one time the phrase was just so commonly used that you could abbreviate and everyone got your meaning. Now you rarely hear the full version and that’s a bit of a shame, because it’s one of those phrases that’s actually true.
As many an expensive restaurant pudding has proven. Or so my tastebuds say between fits of disappointed weeping.