Talk:sell like hot cakes

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I was reverted, but I believe I was reverted wrongly. Yes I do know that it can mean that something is being sold fast as in "McDonald's salads sold like hotcakes this last year." But the phrase does not always mean that a product is being sold. It may or not be used that way.

E.g. take the phrase: "My father's hamburgers sold like hotcakes at the family reunion." No one at the family reuinion is actually purchasing the product.

  • You are thinking of the related phrase "go like hot cakes". The "sell . . " phrase is only used if the thing is sold. SemperBlotto 20:45, 23 July 2009 (UTC)
  • I disagree with you entirely with the notion that it is only if an item being sold. It is not always used in the semi-literal sense as per my Mcdonald's quote above. Another example: "People are "eating up" those free t-shirts at the Metallica concert. They're selling like hotcakes, man." I understand that many linguistic sources only quote the more literal connotation of the word "sell", but this is not universal. 15:18, 22 October 2009 (UTC)