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Do grannies teach anyone

‘Hard cheese,’ ‘Don’t over-egg the pudding…’ There’s a larder’s worth of food-related expressions in the English language. But what do they really mean – and where did they come from? Neil Davey gets to the meat of the matter

to suck eggs?

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1 TEACHING YOUR GRANNY TO SUCK EGGS

We all know what it means: don’t offer advice to someone who has more experience than you do – and most of us have said it. The one thing we’ve never done? Question it. After all, when was the last time you saw anyone – grandparent or otherwise – suck an egg? As you’d imagine, the phrase is an old one, dating back to at least 1707, when the expression “You would have me teach my Grandame to suck Eggs” appeared in John Stevens’ translation of The Comical Works of Don Francisco de Quevedo, a Spanish writer.

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