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Finger in every pot

In an unusual twist, this phrase in its origin is definitely negative with the angel describing the future of Ishmael as one who will take what he wants and will step on anyone who gets in his way (Genesis 16:12). However, in recent years it has turned semi-positive and can refer to someone who is a go-getter and doesn’t just stick to one direction. For an example, an industrialist may concentrate not only on textiles but may also be involved in electronics. It still can describe someone in a slightly negative manner as in an over-ambitious city councilman who is on every committee to make sure that everyone knows who he is.

Finger in every pot In an unusual twist, this phrase in its origin is definitely negative with the angel describing the future of Ishmael as one who will take what he wants and will step on

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Trump has his fingers in all those pots

This one was uttered by Joy Reid on her MSNBC show. It is a conflation of “finger in every pie” (involvement in several different activities) and “chicken in every pot” ( a symbol of wealth and prosperity). The latter phrase came from a newspaper advertisement by the Republican National Committee during Herbert Hoover’s 1928 presidential campaign. The ad pointed out that the preceding administrations of presidents Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge had “put the proverbial ‘chicken in every pot.’ And a car in every backyard, to boot.” Although credited with the statement, Hoover never promised “a chicken in every pot.” In a similar vein, King Henry IV of France vowed on his coronation in 1589 that “if God grants me the usual length of life, I hope to make France so prosperous that every peasant will have a chicken in his pot on Sunday.” His assassination in 1610 at age fifty-seven stymied such a plan.

A big thanks to Frank King for hearing this one and sending it in!

This one was uttered by Joy Reid on her MSNBC show. It is a conflation of "finger in every pie" (involvement in several different activities) and "chicken in every pot" ( a symbol of wealth and prosperity). The latter phrase came from a newspaper advertisement by the Republican National Committee during Herbert Hoover's 1928 presidential campaign. The ad pointed out that the preceding administrations of presidents Warren Harding and Calvin Coolidge had “put the proverbial ‘chicken in every pot.' And a car in every backyard, to boot.” Although credited with the statement, Hoover never promised “a chicken in every pot.” In a similar vein, King Henry IV of France vowed on his coronation in 1589 that “if God grants me the usual length of life, I hope to make France so prosperous that every peasant will have a chicken in his pot on Sunday.” His assassination in 1610 at age fifty-seven stymied such a plan. A big thanks to Frank King for hearing this one and sending it in!