April 10, 2014 by
Let’s go bananas…bananas…bananas…
Wondering why I am singing this song? That’s because I’m really hungry and my mind is thinking ‘bananas’. Ok, jokes apart. While you may enjoy this song from the film ‘Phata Poster Nikhla Hero’, most of us don’t realise how important food is in our lives. We so often use food phrases in our conversations. Yes! It’s cool to talk food phrase slang! It’s the ‘yo’ thing or in thing.
So let’s check out what these food phrases actually mean. (By the way, the thing about me being hungry is no joke at all )
1. He’s a good egg or He’s a bad egg
Meaning: He is an angel at heart, or He only looks good, but is up to no good
We all love eggs, but can we tell if it will turn out to be a good, nice smelling omelette? So that’s what this phrase means. You can never tell how a person is from inside.
You may know a lot of people whose head is egg shaped and if you don’t like that person for some reason, a devilish thought may pop in your head, “Now that’s a badly shaped egg head”. :0
2. Chew the fat
Meaning: To engage in light-hearted conversation.
This phrase goes back to a tradition that Eskimos followed. They used to chew whale blubber like bubble. (Now that’s gross!) Since it took a long time to chew, it is believed that it was a great way to pass time.
So when you have loads of work, and you tend to have meaningless conversations with your colleague, that’s when you are actually indulging in pure time pass, or in other words – “chewing the fat” or in some cases chewing someone’s brain.
3. Cool as a cucumber
Meaning: Someone who is totally cool
This expression has been derived from the cool temperature of the cucumber. Yes, the insides are 20 degrees cooler than the outside.
So when you hear someone being referred to as ‘cool as a cucumber’, it actually means he is a totally chilled person, a cool dude. (If you want to confirm whether he is cool or not, you can use the thermometer, and check if the mercury actually dips below zero. )
4. That’s the way the cookie crumbles
Meaning: It’s meant to be
Imagine you see your favourite cookie; the last cookie in the jar, and grab to munch on it before anyone else sees you. But it breaks apart and falls on the ground. Now you can’t feel despair and cry over it right? It was meant to be. The cookie was meant to hit the floor and get covered in dust. So that’s what this phrase means. If something is meant to be, it’s just meant to be. But if the five second food rule doesn’t apply to you, you can always pick it up, dust it and enjoy it.
5. Piece of cake
Meaning: Something that requires little or no effort
This phrase dates back to 1800s. In America, cakes were given out as prizes during competitions in which slaves were made to circle around a cake. The one who walked in the most graceful way, won the prize.
Now you may think that cleaning your lady’s purse would be a ‘piece of cake’, but only when you dig in that purse; will you realise that your lady’s purse is actually a treasure trove of old bills, cards, scribbled papers, credit card statements (Phew!) You may be left wondering why she has all these old bills. But you’ll never get an answer to that. Maybe you could do jiggle around a cake, and hope for a miracle to happen!
6. Butter someone up
Meaning: Flatter someone
The origin of this phrase dates back to ancient Indian customs. The locals would throw little balls of butter at statues of Gods, to seek favours from Higher Powers.
So we all know that when someone praises his boss for no reason whatsoever, and follows him like his shadow, he is only trying to butter him up. All the while hoping that his boss slips on that imaginary butter, hits his head and gives him that big promotion.
7. Spill the beans
Meaning: Give away a secret
This phrase is believed to have originated in ancient Greece. Back then, when they needed to decide on an issue, a vote was held. White beans meant a ‘yes’ and black beans were a ‘no’. If the vote collector dropped the jar and a black bean spilled out, the vote was ruined.
So when your friend tells you about an embarrassing situation he/she has faced and swears you to secrecy, but the BBC news that you are; you still go ahead and tell people, that’s when you have spilled the beans.
8. Use your noodle
Meaning: Telling someone to use his brains
Wondering how does a noodle compare to one’s head? Well if you look closely, noodles do look like brains. Grossed at that thought? Now that’s not the intention. The phrase just means making use of one’s brains. Another closer look at the noodles and you will fall in love with these long strings of joy again. After all, it’s the best food for any hour of the day, and the quickest to whip up.
9. Go bananas
Meaning: You crazy, I’m crazy, let’s all go crazy
This one originated when zoologists tried feeding monkeys’ bananas, and the apes got all excited with taste.
So the next time you see your friend acting like an ape, going all crazy over a dress or a cheese burst pizza; dancing with excitement, you know for sure she’s gone bananas.
10. Wake up and smell the coffee
Meaning: A reality check
This phrase originated in a Nescafe ad campaign and was popularized by the late advice columnist Ann Landers.
So when someone tells you to wake up and smell the coffee- No, they are not telling you to actually wake up to sweet smelling filter coffee, but they are only trying to give you an indication that maybe your pant are on fire, so watch out!
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That’s our list of food phrases and their actual meaning, if you know of any food phrases; do let us know in the comments below.