Can someone PLEASE explain to me what this phrase means?! It is not very often that I actually have cake, however, when I do - I always intend to eat it... What other options are there beyond throwing it in the face of someone who says that?
I think next time someone uses that phrase - you should ask them what it means...
When given a choice between 2 mutually exclusive desireable things, you can't have them both. For instance, you can either eat a cake, or you can keep it for later, but you can't do both.
The phrase's earliest recording is from 1546 as "wolde you bothe eate your cake, and haue your cake?", alluding to the impossibility of eating your cake and still having it afterwards; the modern version (where the clauses are reversed) was first signaled in 1812.
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