March 31, 2005
Is P.G. Wodehouse responsible for the expression "bun fight"?
If it sounds to you like a Victorian children’s nursery at teatime, that surely must be the original allusion behind it. Imagine children having tea, inevitably squabbling over the buns, teacakes, muffins and—this being a British expression—crumpets. Two similar expressions are known from the middle of the nineteenth century: crumpet-scramble and muffin-worry; these haven’t survived.
I shall now endeavour to work crumpet-scramble or muffin-worry in at least one conversation every day.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at March 31, 2005 06:01 AM
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