I know this is not everyone’s dish of tea

William Weld, former Massachusetts governor, uttered this one on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, when he introduced the topic of climate change.  This is a mashup of “not one’s cup of tea” (not one’s preference) and maybe “dish it out” (to dispense something, often verbally)?  Or was the speaker just thinking of “cup and saucer” and got the two confused?  No one knows except Mr. Weld, and perhaps he doesn’t either.  On that note, I think I’ll have a “disha”.  A big thanks to two people who heard this one and sent it in almost simultaneously:  David Stephens and Donna Calvert.  Thanks David and Donna!


6 Comments on “I know this is not everyone’s dish of tea”

  1. ykstam says:

    Dave, a dish of tea is its own expression, somewhat dated, but not a malachite. (I googled it to see if I could find a date, of whether it is a British expression but without diving into the links, I did not get that far.

    Yvonne Stam Sent from my iPhone


  2. Beth Luey says:

    Or it may be a reference to the old New England custom of pouring some tea into the saucer where it would cool faster while resting your cup on what’s called a “cup plate,” usually a decorative pressed glass circle, often in bright colors. No longer considered acceptable etiquette, even in Boston.

  3. Beatrice Zablocki says:

    Actually, people in Jane Austen, etc., were always having a dish of tea. Apparently, it was the common Idiom 200 years ago.

    Sent from my iPad


  4. davemalaphor says:

    Yes, others have said the same thing. Not sure Bill Weld would say such an archaic expression, so still stand firm that it is a malaphor. Maybe he’s a Jane Austen fan? Dave

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