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I know the idiom motherhood and apple pie is used to denote some principles with which few disagree. But what is the connection between motherhood and apple pie? I am not very familiar with American culture. I want to understand what makes this phrase to mean what it means.

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Please put spaces between your sentences, and please do not use backticks on ELU. Monospace is nearly never appropriate here; you usually want italic. – tchrist Mar 2 '13 at 14:18
@tchrist Thanks for the suggestion of not using backticks but why monospace is not appropriate here? – Geek Mar 2 '13 at 14:20
@Geek Because one customarily uses italics to distinguish words and phrases that are mentioned rather than used. See this question. Monospace in particular looks incredibly ugly in properly typeset test, especially here where it is queerly colored to boot, and serves virtually no possible purpose on ELU outside the super-rare situation of formatting multiline snippets of computer code that requires precise vertical alignment; tables may fall into this category for want of a better alternative. – tchrist Mar 2 '13 at 14:35
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I don't think there is any connection, other than their being two things which no one could possibly object to.

(Not really relevant, but apple pie is also used in the expression 'as American as apple pie'.

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