the crust of the matter

Damien Hall djh514 at YORK.AC.UK
Tue Jun 15 09:15:23 UTC 2010

Tom posted:

> from a recent post:

> "The crust of the matter is, my responsibility as an ESL teacher is to
> teach them the second language so that they can enter the real world..."

> Good point.  Nothing like a good crust.

Another one for the Eggcorn Database, ISTM. 'Crust of the matter' > 'the
bit that's most obvious' or 'the bit that surrounds/encompasses the rest'
(as the crust on an uncut loaf) > the usual meaning of 'the crux of the


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