OK… At the prodding of one of my most intelligent blog readers, I have decided to discuss one of the most maligned, yet beloved food substances. It is none other than the category of broad rennet enhanced lactose substances we conveniently call Cheese.
I feel that in some regards, this delightful food product has been given a bad rap in the English language. For releasing a bodily function, which is considered a social f aux pas in public is often referred to as “Cutting the Cheese”. The term comes I believe, from some of the more pungent cheeses such as Parmesan and feta. I think if we really take this idea further we can see some key differences between the two events being compared here.
While compromising the integrity of the room is never welcome at say, a dinner party. Cutting the cheese is a completely welcome, and indeed a vital part of many dinner parties. Unless of course, the cheese has come pre-sliced. In that case, someone has taken all of the work out of cutting the cheese, and one needs only to enjoy the fruits of someone else’s labor without any additional effort on their own part.
Personally, I prefer to grate my cheese since that allows me to cut the cheese hundreds of thousands of times more than would otherwise be possible. Now imagine that at a party if you were speaking of the other variety of cutting the cheese! Indeed one could expect some guests to leave disgusted and perhaps create their own blogs about you and your penchant for cutting cheese in public.
Now the big question I am sure everyone that has been bored enough to read this far into my blog about such an unjust lingual comparison is wondering, “there are thousands of different kinds of cheeses, what ones do you prefer?” The answer of course is that I have never cut a cheese I did not enjoy. Many people may not like when someone else cuts the cheese. I personally do prefer to cut my own cheese, but can give credit when someone else cuts a really fine cheese.
In conclusion, I think the next time someone issues a less than polite utterance while in a social situation, a less favorable food product should be used to describe it. Perhaps “Who mashed the cabbage?” or “Did someone order an anchovy pizza?”. I think both of these sayings would be much more appropriate than heaping such bad press onto such a wonderful food.
OK… So this is one of my Myspace blogs that a friend spurred by jokingly suggesting I write one on the topic of cheese. I think it turned out to be at least mildly amusing.