A Selective History of Eating Those Words

Sometimes people take in words orally, not visually

Saint John eating the angel’s book by Albrecht Dürer (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

WWhere and when the phrase “You’ll eat those words,” the standard idiom to suggest something said or written will be retracted, originated is unknown. As far back as the Book of Revelation, John of Patmos must eat a book held by an angel (Rev.10:9). A book of proverbs printed at Cambridge University in 1670…

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Tim Gebhart

Tim Gebhart

Retired Lawyer. Book Addict. History Buff. Lifelong South Dakotan. Blog: prairieprogressive.com