Date: Mon, 27 Mar 1995 20:44:27 -0800
From: THOMAS CLARK tlc[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NEVADA.EDU
Subject: Re: had the biscuit
Watch out, folks!
He posted this only to brag about where he is during the rainy season!
If that don't take the biscuit.
On Sat, 25 Mar 1995, Terry Pratt wrote:
To my surprise I am unable to locate the phrase HAD THE BISCUIT, usually
in some utterance such as "Well, that engine's had the biscuit" (ie is
'dead', finished, kaput, it is an un-engine), in any source available to
me at the moment. TAKE THE BISCUIT, yes, as in 'take the cake, if that
don't beat all' etc. Yet I, a Canadian currently sabbaticking in
Paradise, have known that phrase all my life, and so have others I have
asked. Any help here? Refers to last communion wafer of dying person?
I want to answer a query on the source of this phrase from a member of
the, hem hem, my public.
University of Prince Edward Island
University of Hawaii at Hilo, pro tem.