the proof is in the pudding
This phrase is a shortened form of the proof of the pudding is in the eating (14th century). The shorter version, which misses the point of the original meaning, dates back to the 1920s and came into common use in the United States in the 1950s.
- Alternative form of
- ^ Proof of the pudding (Michael Quinion, World Wide Words)
- ^ The American Heritage Dictionary, According to Ask Yahoo, "the proof is in the pudding" come from?", Tue 03 Sep 2002.
- “Proof is in the pudding”, in BBC Learning English, BBC, 19 August 2014