Cake or Pie?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Idiomatic expressions are rather fun to use. They add color and personality to the language, separating speech from the formality of grammar text book education. Idioms are informal words or expressions that don’t translate literally into English and they cannot be understood from the individual meanings of their elements.

Let’s try a couple idioms that we use when something is really easy: a piece of cake OR easy as pie.

How was your exam? It was a piece of cake! (a task that can be accomplished very easily)

Starting a conversation will be as easy as pie if you have something in common. (a task or experience that is pleasurable and simple)

Both of these American expressions originated in the middle of the 19th century, with the view that pie and cake are symbols of pleasantry and ease. I hope adding these expressions to your English conversations will be a piece of cake for you!

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