Unless it's Zebra cake. I'll be damned if anyone has one of my zebra cakes... I work hard for my cakes!
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen
Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen,
But do you recall the most famous reindeer of all?
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer...
I always thought it was "you can have your cake and eat it too"
you can't have your cake and eat it too
i'm agreeing with something along those lines. i've always interpreted it as meaning.......well, meaness, on the part of the giver; it being that the cake is given to you, but you aren't allowed to eat it. life is often mean in the choices we're presented with.Opposite, dlCherub had it right. The idea of the saying is basically that you can't have everything you want.
It's better to have something you own that does the job (a bird you've caught that will feed you) than to long after something that will do the job better but is out of your reach right now (2 birds that are hiding and would feed your family).
Actually she said 'if they want bread give them the good stuff' in regard to rioting outside of the Bastille that she couldn't really comprehend, 'let them eat cake' is a mistranslation. I think the ability to either have ones cake or to have eaten it has an origin from an English spoken source.People once believed that Queen Marie Antoinette said, "Let them eat cake" and that saying became very popular at one point or another and I believe that that is where the whole 'have your cake and eat it too' thing came from. Could be wrong though.
If you eat a cake, you no longer have it. You can't have a cake and have eaten that same cake.
However, if I had to pick out one quandary in the way of English peculiarities, I absolutely cringe when people say, "I could care less". Well, if you are trying to express apathy, shouldn't you say "I couldn't care less"? Otherwise, the only conclusion the listener could logically reach is that you do care somewhat, thereby negating the existence of apathy. It drives me nuts! ><
I mean, I had to look up "Bob's your uncle" the first time I heard it (watching Doctor Who, IIRC), since that phrase just doesn't exist here.