"burning their cakes"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Sep 5 13:40:49 UTC 2009

At 9/4/2009 09:43 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>At 4:39 PM -0400 9/4/09, Amy West wrote:
>>I'm scratching my head about a phrase I've come across: I think it's
>>a Britishism. . .
>>It was AElfred, Victorian school children were taught, who unified
>>the nation, saved the English from the invaders, and founded the
>>British Navy, while mixing with the common people with east
>I'm assuming this is actually intended to be "with ease" and not
>"with yeast"?  The latter would, however, fit better with the cakes.

No yeast, no bread -- let them eat cake.  Uh oh, the cake is burned.


>>, despite
>>burning their cakes.
>>  --- Julian Richards, _Vikings: A very short introduction_, p. 123
>>It's the "despite burning their cakes" that has me scratching my head.
>>---Amy West

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