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Sayings About Food Quiz

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Last updated: February 15, 2018
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Saying
As flat as a pancake
Couch potato
Don't cry over spilled milk
Oil and water don't mix
Let them eat cake
The proof is in the pudding
Variety is the spice of life
Beef, it's what's for dinner
As cool as a cucumber
An apple a day
keeps the doctor away
Saying
Too many cooks spoil the broth
If life deals you lemons, make lemonade
Don't put all your eggs in one basket
The greatest thing since sliced bread
The carrot and the stick
Man does not live by bread alone
Like taking candy from a baby
Champagne taste on a beer budget
Not for all the tea in China
You'll catch more flies with honey
than with vinegar
Saying
Not worth a hill of beans
Take it with a grain of salt
Cream rises to the top
Turn water into wine
Stew in one's own juices
Tough nut to crack
Wake up and smell the coffee
The toast of the town
Humble pie
You can't squeeze blood
from a turnip
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level 53
Apr 11, 2013
Good quiz. Just one criticism. The proverb is 'The proof of the pudding is in the eating' (not 'The proof is in the pudding').
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level 36
Apr 11, 2013
agreed. 'The proof is in the pudding' doesn't mean anything, and is generally said by the same people who say 'at the end of the day'.
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level 64
Apr 11, 2013
I know a lot of people hate the phrase "at the end of the day," but how is it wrong as a proverb? What's it supposed to be? I'm asking honestly!
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level 63
Aug 2, 2017
I'm still trying to figure out what is wrong with "at the end of the day". A day does have a beginning and an end, does it not?
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level 21
Jan 22, 2015
It's become one of those things where more people say the proof is in the pudding, without the full saying or context, because that's how they've heard it used. Like people saying "blood is thicker than water" when the full saying is "the blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb", which basically means the opposite of what people use it for. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
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level 66
Oct 12, 2015
It's a nice theory but wrong, The proof of the pudding is in the eating'
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level 47
Oct 15, 2015
Dude I love your complex shrugging emoticon.
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level 39
Apr 16, 2018
Just throwing this out there, but if a lot of people make the same mistake...then is it a mistake, or have they modified and created a new proverb? Just because it's not the original one, doesn't mean it isn't a proverb...
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level 14
Apr 17, 2018
Just because people are not knowledgeable or culturally literate does not make the falsely circulated idiom the correct one. the Original is always right while modern society is wrong. that's just how it is.
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level 52
Apr 16, 2018
The original phrasing isn't very relevant when many people don't say all of the words. I, for one, have never heard "the proof of the pudding is in the eating." Every time I hear that idiom, it's always "the proof is in the pudding." Perhaps this is regional?
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level 80
Apr 11, 2013
Request the addition of bacon for coffee. Besides being the way I usually hear and say it, it's bacon!!
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level 45
Dec 18, 2013
i agree, thats the first thing that came to my mind.
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level 28
Apr 25, 2014
agree as well.
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level ∞
Aug 7, 2015
Okay, bacon will work now.
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level 57
Oct 11, 2015
can you put bacon for everything then as that the way that i heard them all, what a load of old tosh
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level 44
Oct 11, 2015
Wake up and smell the coffee is an old and well known idiom. Wake up and smell the bacon is not.
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level 63
Aug 2, 2017
I thought it was, "wake up and smell the roses", but I guess not too many people eat roses.
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level 64
Dec 15, 2017
You're thinking of "Stop and smell the roses."
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level 37
Apr 13, 2013
If life hands you lemons you should totally make margaritas. And invite me over.
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level 22
Feb 18, 2014
actually if all you have is lemons your drink will taste terrible no matter what you call it.
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level 60
Jun 28, 2014
I'm going for whiskey sours...
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level 42
Oct 23, 2017
If life gives you lemons, freeze them and throw them at the people making your life difficult.
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level 6
Apr 22, 2018
XD
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level 18
Apr 13, 2013
Would you accept juice instead of juices? And I thought it was wake up and smell the bacon...
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level 70
Oct 6, 2014
I just thought the same thing! (and didn't get the point :( )
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level ∞
Aug 7, 2015
Juice (singular) will work now.
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level 9
Apr 14, 2013
The beef clue is more of an advertising slogan than a saying.
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level 35
Apr 15, 2013
'Blood from a turnip'? Seriously? Admittedly, you can't squeeze blood from it, but the only variation of this saying I've heard is being unable to 'squeeze blood from a stone'. Is this an American thing?
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level 51
Jun 3, 2013
Yes. I apologize for us all.
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level 60
Jun 28, 2014
I know it's late at this point, but the rutabaga is actually a swede in the UK. Turnips are the same in the UK as they are in the US.
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level 19
Mar 22, 2014
I'm American, and I've never heard of the turnip saying either. I've heard, "You can't squeeze blood from a stone/rock" though.
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level 66
Dec 24, 2014
Never heard the Turnip one, all I could think of was STONE, but I got the other 29
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level 58
Aug 4, 2016
Same. We don't really have turnips here in New Zealand. We have swedes though.
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level 74
Oct 11, 2015
I've heard turnip all my life, but I live in a rural area of the US so maybe that has something to do with it. Besides, stone isn't a food so it doesn't fit the challenge.
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level 20
Oct 14, 2015
Agreed. Stone isn't a food. I've also heard they saying with "turnip" all my life and I grew up in the city. But I got it from my mom who grew up in the 20's and 30's....on a farm. ;)
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level 63
Aug 2, 2017
I'm in the medical profession, and I can't tell you how many times I've heard, "you can't squeeze blood from a turnip". But long before that, I heard it quite often as a child.
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level 20
Apr 16, 2013
This is a great and fun quiz. I love quizzes with food or idioms/quotes in them, and this hit both of 'em! Thanks!
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level 74
Oct 11, 2015
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level 34
Apr 21, 2013
since when was oil a drink!
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level 24
May 18, 2013
cooking oil for example
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level 74
Oct 13, 2015
Still not a drink... Well, actually, people might drink it and I wouldn't know, but yes, it's more of a means of cooking than an actual food or drink.
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level 60
Dec 16, 2013
I believe it was the end of Quantum of Solace?? where they say they found the bad guy in the desert with a quart of oil in his system??
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level 74
Jan 5, 2017
It isn't a drink, but it's a food. Oil and vinegar dressing?
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level 8
Apr 23, 2013
The 'blood from a turnip'is completely new to me, the only saying i know is 'blood from a stone'. What on earth is that 'Beef, it's what's for dinner'? Never heard that before. Also I thought it was "Scum rises to the top"!
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level 69
Apr 24, 2013
I don't think scum "rises" - it just forms on the top, or sinks to the bottom, maybe. I agree about the beef one. And I missed juices because I didn't think to add the s. Fun quiz. Thanks
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level 74
Apr 17, 2018
The beef slogan is an ad the Beef Industry Council ran for years in US media. The National Pork Board retaliated with, "Pork, the other white meat." They taxed producers with a checkoff, and that's how they spent our money.
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level 13
Sep 5, 2013
I'm pretty sure its "Man does not live on bread alone" not by bread alone
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level 60
Jul 23, 2015
Depends which modern variety of the Bible you were brought up with, the classical versions all have 'by', I believe. (BTW, no intended reference to my religious beliefs)
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level 13
Sep 5, 2013
Also, I'd like to have a little talk with the guy who missed "An apple a day keeps the doctor away"
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level 45
Oct 11, 2015
He most likely died due to a lack of Vitamin C, which he otherwise would have had, had he eaten an apple a day.
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level 66
Oct 12, 2015
It was William Tells son.
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level 58
Aug 4, 2016
Hahaha!
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level 22
Feb 4, 2014
The "toast of the town" is not a food, in this sense. It is a salutation. :) But I guess we won't be eating blood, either...(though some do eat the turnip)
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level 59
May 11, 2014
Toast is a food that we eat for breakfast. You can make it in a toaster. Some words have multiple meanings.
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level 55
Oct 15, 2015
I sort of agree. The saying has nothing to do with the food. The toast of the town is someone to whom everyone is raising their glasses. (In that sense, it is not even a drink, it is something you do with a drink.) No one is raising cooked bread with butter and jam to the toast of the town.
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level 21
Jul 16, 2014
i immediately went Wake up and Smell the Hummus! Sorry its Aladdin's fault!!
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level 21
Jan 22, 2015
How is rice an acceptable answer instead of tea?
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level 35
Apr 3, 2015
I put rice and was surprised it was accepted. Guess people think food item from China? Rice. But I don't think it's a saying.
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level 35
May 24, 2015
Wake up and smell the [just about anything really]. I have heard so many versions and nine times out of ten its not food or drink related. I guess You can't squeeze blood form a turnip is a US thing as I have only heard of stone or rock.
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level 39
Jan 21, 2018
Wake up and smell the coffee (or bacon) makes sense because they both have strong (and likely pleasant) aromas. What else could you substitute... Collard Greens? Cabbage? - Would you really want to wake up smelling those cooking?
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level 8
Jun 1, 2015
100% Yay!
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level 74
Oct 11, 2015
I have never heard the expression "You can't squeeze blood from a turnip". From a stone, yes.
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level 27
Oct 11, 2015
Maybe it's different in England but I know it to be "Stew in one's own filth" and "You can't squeeze blood from a stone".
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level 49
Oct 11, 2015
People in my country say that "squeeze blood from a crab".
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level 66
Oct 12, 2015
Poor old crab!
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level 47
Oct 15, 2015
If life gives you lemons...shut up and eat your lemons.
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level 70
Mar 1, 2017
LOL!! Glad my father never heard that one. Brussel sprouts were bad enough.
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level 34
Oct 17, 2015
Am I the only one who has ever heard "Too many cooks spoil the souflé"?
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level 58
Aug 4, 2016
Yes.
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level 70
Mar 1, 2017
Not anymore.
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level 26
Dec 1, 2015
You spelled fitzpankakeweb wrong. "As flat as a fitzpankakeweb."
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level 26
Dec 1, 2015
And when life gives you lots of drinks, make pee.
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level 74
Apr 27, 2016
I have never heard the phrase "You can't squeeze blood from a turnip" in my life. Always heard it as "You can't squeeze blood from a stone".
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level 70
Mar 1, 2017
Actually, the way I always heard the stone phrase was "you can't GET blood from a stone." I quickly discerned that most people don't consider rocks to be food, and then noticed that the quiz said "squeeze" and not "get", so I broke out the mental crowbar and managed to dig up turnip.
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level 23
Sep 23, 2016
Am I the only one who doesn't understand why "life is like a box of chocolates" isn't here?
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level 28
Nov 21, 2016
We have always said the greatest thing since buttered toast.
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level 49
Jan 11, 2017
We're overdue for someone saying they've never heard of 'can't squeeze blood from a turnip'. If you do, make sure to mention you've always heard 'squeeze blood from a stone'.
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level 23
Dec 13, 2017
I thought it was wake up and smell the roses
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level 23
Mar 9, 2018
roses are not foods are they?
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level 65
Apr 14, 2018
Well, I've eaten salads that included rose petals. Not particularly tasty, though.
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level 73
Apr 14, 2018
Top banana?
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level 58
Apr 14, 2018
Sour grapes?
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level 49
Apr 14, 2018
30/30 very easy.....don't understand why people always have to debate these things. I mean even if you never actually heard one of these said in person, you've never read books or watched tv/movies Where people have said things? Like in my area i never heard the stick one but I remembered a book I read ten years ago that said that.
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level 74
Apr 14, 2018
Sam Malone: You know what they say, you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Woody Boyd: Maybe I shouldn't be butting in here, but you can catch the most with dead squirrels.
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level 55
Apr 14, 2018
Carrot and the stick very low? Very well known in the uk but not so USA?
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level 26
Apr 14, 2018
I'm surprised the saying "If life gives you lemons, make lemonade" isn't here
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level 50
Aug 2, 2018
Um... it is.
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level 44
Apr 16, 2018
Wake up and smell the carrot.
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level 32
Apr 18, 2018
A commercial tagline is not a saying.
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level 51
Apr 24, 2018
I argue that it's a saying now. It's evolved from its humble beginnings.
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level 64
Aug 15, 2018
Never heard the turnip one. But it's true, clearly.
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