In Reply to: My cup of tea posted by ESC on June 08, 2010 at 14:16:
: : Where does the idiom _ is my cup of tea come from? What is the orgin of this phrase? Any information about this saying would be most appreciated!
: "It's not my cup of tea -- I don't like it. It's not to my taste...The saying is of British origin and was used in the affirmative sense in the mid-eighteenth century. The negative form has been current since the 1920s." "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996). Page 187.
Another reference says tea became an "immensely popular beverage" in Europe by the mid-eighteenth century and "he or she is my cup of tea" was used from the late 19th century. "Facts on File Dictionary of Cliches," second edition, edited by Christine Ammer, Checkmark Books, New York, 2006. Page 292.