“Eating your words” on purpose


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This idiom popped into my head a few times over the last day or so.  It got me pondering the traditional definition, and what it could mean if we took it out of context.  I thought it might be intriguing to explore between the lines, forage beneath the surface, and see what goodies we find.

Words Are Food Phrases:  #1 “Eat Your Words”

When someone is said to have “eaten their words,” it’s not a positive experience.  It means that person uttered something proven to be false and received a humble pie in the face with a heavy dollop of public humiliation. But what if we changed the negative connotation of this idiom?

In a new context, “eating your words” could be a good thing. If our words are juicy, rich, and made with love, why wouldn’t we want to eat them?  When we have something important to say, it might be prudent to taste our words first–make sure they have the right ingredients, cooked to perfection–then let them digest and see how they settle within ourselves before offering them to someone we value.  If we find our words to be energizing, inspiring, and fruitful, wouldn’t we share a nibble or two with a loved one so that may also enjoy the vibrant flavors?

Let’s get into our verbal kitchens, whip up some thirst-quenching, hunger-sating conversations, and share the nourishment with those around us!  ♥♥

I’d like to return to this idea of exploring words and food related common phrases/idioms in the English language and extracting inspiring viewpoints from them.  Let me know if you are interested in seeing this type of post once in a while!


2 thoughts on ““Eating your words” on purpose

  1. Terri says:

    If only I could take time to make sure my words were cooked to perfection and digested before I open my mouth…if only, that would be great! 🙂


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