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Easy As Pie

Posted by Elyse Bruce on February 12, 2010

Anyone who has ever made a pie from scratch will tell you that there’s nothing easy about the task.  So if making a pie isn’t easy, how did this phrase come about?

The full expression is actually “as easy as eating pie.”

The earliest example of the exact phrase “easy as pie” is from The Newport Mercury, a Rhode Island newspaper in June 1887 in a comic story set in New York.   The cartoon caption read:  “You see veuever I goes I takes away mit me a silverspoon or a knife or somethings, an’ I gets two or three dollars for them. It’s easy as pie. Vy don’t you try it?”

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