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Re: Over egg the pudding

Posted by Baceseras on April 23, 2008 at 13:48:

In Reply to: Over egg the pudding posted by Yan Torsen on April 23, 2008 at 10:17:

: Just came across discussion in 2006 that was unresolved. It concerned the phrase "to over egg the pudding". The term egg in this case has nothing to go with chickens. Egg is derived from the Anglo Saxon Eggian, meaning to excite or agitate. It is still used in the phrase "to egg someone on". Thus in the original phrase it means to mix a pudding too much before baking it and so spoil it.

I don't think so. At least, that's not how the phrase has been used in modern English. Not to "over-egg the pudding" means not to spoil something by 'improving' it too much. The eggs add a richness to the pudding, but enough is enough.