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Eating crow

John Heelan says ""To eat crow" is an adopted Americanism little used in the UK- -we would say 'Eat humble pie' in that situation". The explanation is worthy of Paul Simon's Chinese cooks: Humble, which before Dickens was pronounced "umble", is a pun on "umble", meaning the heart, liver and entrails of the deer. While the lord and his family dined off venison at high table, the servants took lower seats and ate the umbles cooked in a pie. Even that is too good for the Enron directors. Let them east crow.

Ronald Hilton - 2/13/02