cream-puff inhaler; cake-eater

Arnold Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Mon Jun 25 14:01:10 UTC 2012

for the context, see this posting:

commenter "rubberchickencircuit" offers an explanation for two expressions:

In 1920s slang, a cream-puff inhaler was a straight guy who slummed with gay guys, which Mickey is accusing Kat Nipp of being. (Kat Nipp is a villain whom Mickey hadn’t met at this point in the story—he guessed the gay guy might be him.)

In the rewrite, a cake-eater was a guy who flirted with unattractive women so that he could mooch money or food (i. e. cake) off of them. Also makes sense in context.


but without a source for this information.  anyone know of a source?


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