the proof of the pudding is in the eating
This proverb dates back at least to the 14th century as "Jt is ywrite that euery thing Hymself sheweth in the tastyng", and William Camden stated it in 1605 in Remaines of a Greater Worke, Concerning Britaine as "All the proofe of a pudding, is in the eating", per Rogers' Dictionary of Cliche and the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.
The current phrasing is generally credited to Spanish proverb by Miguel de Cervantes in Don Quixote (1615), as translated to English by Peter Anthony Motteux in 1701. Although, Cervantes' original phrase was about eggs al freír de los huevos lo verá (“you will see it when you fry the eggs”).
- You can only say something is a success after it has been tried out or used.
- I know you didn't think it was a very good product, but just look at the fantastic sales figures. That's the proof of the pudding.
- ^ Proof of the pudding (Answers.com)
- ^ Re: Correct Cliche (Joel Wolfson, Imagelib mailing list, Mon 10 Jun 1996)
- ^ The proof of the pudding is [in] the eating. by Miguel de Cervantes (Quoteworld)
- ^ “Proof of the pudding”, The Phrase Finder, Gary Martin.
- ^ New Boundaries in Old Territory. Emory Studies in Early Christianity, volume 3, footnote 107
- ^ Proof of the pudding (Michael Quinion, World Wide Words)
- ^ The American Heritage Dictionary, According to Ask Yahoo, "the proof is in the pudding" come from?", Tue 03 Sep 2002.