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Offal truth of old 'umble pie; your letters; Question Time.


Q WHAT'S the origin of the saying "to eat humble pie"?

C Matthews, Yeovil, Somerset

A "TO eat humble pie", meaning to admit a mistake, comes from the old English words "numbles" or "umbles", which refer to the innards or offal of animals, particularly of deer. It goes back to the 14th century when only the rich could afford the best cuts of venison and when only the aristocracy had hunting rights.

Umbles were considered inferior quality food that were served to the lower classes. I am sure this Tory-led Government would like us all to go back to eating humble pie!

Keith Carmon, Widnes, Cheshire

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 17, 2013
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