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Origin of "chopped liver"

Posted by R. Berg on October 23, 2002

In Reply to: Origin of "chopped liver" posted by Karen Gunn on October 23, 2002

: what is the origin of "chopped liver"?

Literally, chopped liver is a traditional Jewish dish, cooked chicken livers chopped or ground and seasoned, sometimes used as a sandwich filling. "What am I, chopped liver?" means "Don't dismiss me as if I were insignificant." I recently heard an explanation of this saying. Unfortunately, I don't remember where. It went like this: Chopped liver is always served as a side dish, never as a main dish. It therefore makes a good metaphor for someone who's being treated as unimportant or dispensable.

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