EATING HUMBLE PIE

You were right and I was wrong,

What more is there to say?

Shall I confess that I’m eating

Humble pie today?

 

Far more interesting than the expression

of eating humble pie

is the history of the saying,

which dates back to the 14th century,

When “numbles” were the heart, liver,

and entrails of animals.

By the 15th century, Numbles had become

“Umbles”.

First recorded reference of umble pie

dates to late 17th century and was

mentioned by Samuel Pepys in his diary.

Like so many words, over centuries,

Umble pie became “Humble pie”

and it came to mean being proven wrong,

Usually after boasting.

 

And now, as Paul Harvey would say,

you know the rest of the story.

(Do I need to explain who Paul Harvey was?)

 

Sandra Lee Smith

November 6, 2009/updated June 27, 2018

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