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Old Jun 19, 2004, 9:35 AM   #11
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I wonder where that expression came from? "Selling like hot cakes." Do they really sell that well?
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Old Jun 19, 2004, 9:37 AM   #12
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I don't know where it came from. I was wondering the same thing as i typed it. :-)I think someone will let us know if they read this.
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Old Jun 19, 2004, 9:43 AM   #13
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Well.. back in the 1940's there was a severe drought of hotcakes. One day a famous man... Mr. Bob Maralyn started a store called "hotcakes" where he made the most delicious and delectible hotcakes one could imagine. On the opening day of his store he sold over fifty million hotcakes and ran out before noon. That's where the expression comes from.

I like the photo! There are a lot of circles on it that is correct! It's very clear and sharp as well with pwitty bwacelets.
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Old Jun 19, 2004, 9:45 AM   #14
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From the Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins:

"Hot cakes cooked in bear grease or pork lard were popular from earliest times in America. First made of cornmeal, the griddle cakes or pancakes were of course best when served piping hot and were often sold at church benefits, fairs, and other functions. So popular were they that by the beginning of the 19th century "to sell like hot cakes" was
a familiar expression for anything that sold very quickly, effortlessly, and in quantity."
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Old Jun 19, 2004, 9:46 AM   #15
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But I like Amy's better.

Darn me and leaving windows open. :roll:
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Old Jun 19, 2004, 9:51 AM   #16
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Hmmm now I have heard the real story, but I refuse to believe it. The dictionary lies like a rug! (ha ha ha!!!)
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Old Jun 19, 2004, 9:57 AM   #17
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ferny wrote:
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From the Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins:

"Hot cakes cooked in bear grease or pork lard were popular from earliest times in America. First made of cornmeal, the griddle cakes or pancakes were of course best when served piping hot and were often sold at church benefits, fairs, and other functions. So popular were they that by the beginning of the 19th century "to sell like hot cakes" was
a familiar expression for anything that sold very quickly, effortlessly, and in quantity."
They don't sound very good but thanks for the info ferny. :-)


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Old Jun 19, 2004, 10:00 AM   #18
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Ferny, you beat me to it. I was just going to post the exact same words because I have the exact same book. That's what I get for deciding to firstthrow a load of laundry into the washer. Dirt's very annoying.
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Old Jun 19, 2004, 10:02 AM   #19
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"Where there's muck, there's brass". Where does this one come from, I always thought it would be something to do with mining.:-)
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Old Jun 19, 2004, 10:05 AM   #20
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I did a search for it. I might buy the book, I like pointless stuff like this. Is it any good?
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