[Ads-l] You put your foot in it - excellent food

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Tue Jan 12 03:47:39 EST 2021


I don't know the origin, but maybe putting your own foot in it is better than having a bishop put his foot in it.
Stephen
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Has anyone on this thread explained how "You put your

foot in it" acquired this meaning? If not, would anyone

perhaps have any idea about it?


Gerald Cohen

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 'You put your foot in it', along with 'You put the big pot in the little p=
ot' have been popular sayings in the African American community for decades=
, used to compliment the cook after a super-delicious meal.
--Margaret Lee


    On Sunday, January 10, 2021, 12:14:15 PM EST, Andy Bach <afbach at gmail.c=
om> wrote:

 NYTimes magazine article on a chicken and rice recipe made with as a
collaboration with a chef and formerly incarcerated gentleman. Ends with
the dish served to a friend, who exclaims, after clearing his plate -
You put your foot in it!

I found: =E2=80=9C You've stumpd [sic?] your toe in this" or "You stuck you=
r thumb
in this" are the ones I'm most familiar with being from the south. These
two can refer to a range of expression from being too sweet or
complementing the chef(cook) on his mastery, in my experience.

Andy Bach
Afbach at gmail.com
Not at my desk



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