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OT: Having your cake

by kelan (Deacon)
on Jul 29, 2005 at 17:49 UTC ( #479488=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: The beauty of MMD
in thread Perl 5's greatest limitation is...?

Off-topic comment on "have your cake and eat it too" below.

so you can have your cake and eat it too (whatever that means ;) )

Not sure if you meant "whatever that means to you in this case," or "whatever that phrase is supposed to mean." This reply assumes the latter. It's off-topic, but I'm sort of a language nut, so I wanted to comment.

I've always thought this phrase was rather confusing. "Why can't you eat the cake if you have it?" Then I read it somewhere transposed as this: Eat your cake and have it, too. I think that is the intent of the phrase, although the usual wording does obscure it. In this case the two desires really do conflict; you want to eat the cake, but still have it available.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled MMD discussion.

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