Posted by ESC on November 05, 2004

In Reply to: "Speak my piece" vs "speak my peace" posted by Cheryl 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.