“As Keen As Mustard”

I was reading Geniaus’ blog and came to the post titled “Keen As Mustard” and wondered about the origin of this phrase. According to The Phrase Finder the saying actually pre-dates Keen’s Mustard which was first manufactured in 1742.

The phrase is first recorded in William Walker’s exhaustively titled Phraseologia Anglo-Latina, or phrases of the English and Latin tongue; together with Paroemiologia Anglo-Latina, 1672: “As keen as mustard.”


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