오늘의 표현은 Yejin Yoo님께서 추천해주셨습니다. 감사합니다. (Hat tip^^) example-image

MOTIVATION

이론은 강력하고 유용하다. 뉴턴이 그의 몇가지 이론으로 근본적인 물리적 현상을 깔끔하게 설명한 것처럼, 이론은 어떤 현상을 체계적으로 이해하는데 도움을 준다. 하지만 가끔은 이론보다는, 경험이 훨씬 효과적일 때가 있다. 모두가 공감할 수 있는 예를들자면, “뽀뽀가 좋은 이유”. 누군가가 “뽀뽀는 왜 좋은 것이지?“라고 물으면, 뭐 갖다붙여서 설명이야 할수는 있겠지만, 가장 practical 한 답은 이것일 것이다. “그냥 니가 한번 해봐” 이처럼 경험이 이론보다 중요할 때 쓰이는, 비주얼하고 감각적인 영어 표현이 있다. The proof of the pudding is in the eating.” 즉 푸딩이 맛있는지 알려면 그것을 파헤치기위해 주저리주저리 탁상공론할 것이 아니라, 그냥 한번 먹어보라는 것이다.

DEFINITION

  1. The real value of something can be judged only from practical experience or results and not from appearance or theory.
  2. To fully test something you need to experience it yourself.

COMMENT

원래 표현은 the proof of the pudding is in the eating이나, 줄여서 the proof is in the pudding이라고도 한다.

FROM MOVIES

  • COLIN:What’s the matter? ABBY: Nothing. I’m just so — surprised to see you. COLIN:Well, you told me you were spontaneous. Guess the proof is in the pudding.
  • A:I thought you were fake. B:Well, the proof’s always in the pudding, isn’t it? (White Palace)
  • As you have said, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. (Lost in Space)
  • The proof of the pudding is in the eating and I’m afraid that the same applies to my pie. (Southport to Leyland)
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FROM NEWS

  • The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and we can judge him after the disaster strikes.” (Bloomberg)
  • The proof of the pudding is in the eating,” he said. “If we win, we’ll know it played well.” (NYT)
  • “You’ve got a lot of them who talk the good talk and say the right things on the floor, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating ‘ (Bloomberg)
image_img because the proof of the pudding is in the eating…!

FROM TWITTER

  • The phase is “the proof of the pudding is in the eating.” Doesn’t matter how good it looks, matters how it tastes.
  • The proof of the pudding is in the eating. I’ve eaten some lemon cheesecake and proved nothing.

VIDEO

  • And the proof is in the pudding.

META & CONTEXT

  • Is it a slang? No.
  • Can I use it in an email? Yes.
  • Can I use it in a formal setting? Yes.

context plot data source: Davies, Mark. (2008-) The Corpus of Contemporary American English: 450 million words, 1990-present. Available online at http://corpus.byu.edu/coca/

PHRASE HISTORY

Ngram을 통해 은근 꽤 오래된 표현임을 짐작해볼 수 있다. ngram_img image source: Google Ngram

TYPICAL MISTAKES

  1. the 가 3번 나오는 것을 기억하자
  2. proof of pudding is in eating (X)
  3. THE proof of THE pudding is in THE eating (O)