Date: Mon, 27 Mar 1995 20:44:27 -0800 From: THOMAS CLARK 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. Cheers, tlc 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. > Terry Pratt > University of Prince Edward Island > University of Hawaii at Hilo, pro tem. >