"in the soup"/"fly in my soup"

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sun Nov 27 21:00:22 UTC 2005

On the Language Log, I speculate about the origins of the expression "in the
soup" (= 'in great difficulty'), previously discussed here by Messrs. Popik and
Cohen. I suggest it's related to the family of jokes involving the line,
"Waiter, there's a fly in my soup" (which I trace to 1872).


Comments welcome.

--Ben Zimmer

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