Posted by The Fallen on February 05, 2002
In Reply to: A dish best served cold ?? posted by Word Camel on February 03, 2002
: : : : : : : I have a question about the saying, "Revenge is a dish best served cold."
: : : : : : : I don't understand the phrase. What does it mean?
: : : : : : Time heals all wounds. And time wounds all heels. It is more satisfying to get on with your life and, with the passage of time, see the bad guy get what's coming to him.
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: : : : : Gee, I thought it meant, you lay in wait till you are calm and collected and until the little toe rag isn't thinking about it anymore. THEN you strike. And because you are so calm cool and collected you can enjoy it all the more.
: : : : uhhh... Actually you lie in wait. What can I say? It's late.
: : : That sounds right -- wait until you're calm and collected, then strike.
: : I thought it meant wait until your anger subsides and by then chances are you won't strike at all: angry people punish too harshly. -- rb
: It's true angry people are harsher, but if in time, the anger had really subsided there'd be no reason for revenge. Presumably if one is still serving the dish, there must be some appetite for it? Call me Lucrezia Borgia, but I think it means nourishing the grudge, until like a fine wine - it's really good.
: Evil Camel
"Revenge is a dish best served cold" is definitively *not* some moralistic admonition advising one to withhold for fear of acting too rashly in temper. Although I applaud Ms. Evil Camel's twisted advice to relish the grudge - definitely not a woman to get the wrong side of, apparently - I agree with the earlier poster. The phrase points out that retribution is doubly effective and shocking if exacted as a matter of complete surprise - especially if the target thinks that he/she has entirely got away with it.