Proof of the pudding
russp
Does anyone know the origin of the phrase "The proof is in the pudding." and the phrase "The proof is in the putting."?
Lewis Joplin II
PROOF OF THE PUDDING IS IN THE EATING -- "The way to test whether something came out as it was intended is to try it. The pudding may look good when it is put on the table, but the only way to know for certain is to taste it. As you might expect, it is an old proverb. One version of it dates to the 14th century. A translation in 1682 of Boileu's 'Le Lutrin' offered this: 'The proof of th' pudding's seen i' th' eating.'" From "The Dictionary of Cliches" by James Rogers (Ballantine Books, New York, 1985).

I haven't heard of the other phrase.

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