So, I'm reading up on a list of English Idioms and I see two that bear a striking similarity.
- "Take the biscuit (UK): To be particularly bad, objectionable, or egregious.
- "Take the cake (US)": To be especially good or outstanding.
Now I can understand why cake is "good" and "outstanding". In the USA we're rational, and that makes sense to me. However, why are biscuits "bad", "objectionable" or "egregious"? It would seem to me that if the country thought so poorly of biscuits they'd naturally go away. Personally, I like biscuits too; and, I especially like biscuits with gravy.
Why do people in the UK hate biscuits, and how did the saying "take the biscuit" come to be?
You can hear an example of "taking the biscuit" thanks to Thunderf00t