This weeks fun phrase is … “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.”
Meaning: You can’t have it both ways.
History: Somehow this phrase has stood on its head, so it is now illogical; if you have your cake, you can eat it too. The original version was ” You cannot eat your cake and have it too,” and there logic lies, because if you have eaten it, you no longer have it. John Heywood’s Proverbs had that vision in 1546, and if it was a proverb then, it was already known. As he put it “Wolde you bothe eate your cake, and haude your cake?”