Posted by ESC on November 05, 2004
In Reply to: Piece posted by ESC on November 05, 2004
: : I'm involved in a heated debate (yes, I know this is sad) between 2 camps, one that things that phrase is "speak my peace", and the other (including me) who KNOWS that it's "speak my piece". Any backup for which one is right. The "peace" option just makes no sense to me, whereas speaking one's piece, as far as I know, comes from the meaning of speaking/reciting a piece of poetry or literature or whatnot.
: : Any insight? Is there an origin to this phrase that I can use to back it up?
: Merriam-Webster online: 9 : OPINION, VIEW. Spoke his piece.
: I am guessing that its origins are in the pre-television custom of almost everyone having a poem or story that he or she could present. A piece.
Here you go. From dictionary.com
speak one's piece
Also, say one's piece. Say what one thinks, or what one usually says or is expected to say. For example, All right, you've spoken your piece; now let someone else have a turn. The piece in this expression alludes to a memorized poem or speech of the kind recited in a classroom. [Mid-1900s]