Twitter users have been going crazy today after people started claiming that everyone’s been mishearing a common English phrase.

The English language is full of weird and wonderful phrases that we use when trying to explain a certain scenario, and if you don’t know what they mean they can seem very confusing.

One popular saying that British people commonly use is “you can’t have your cake and eat it too”. However, a number of tweets have gone viral claiming that everyone’s been saying the phrase wrong.

It seems to all be a big hoax – but the alleged real version of the phrase is totally hilarious!

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The meaning of the phrase explained

The phrase “you can’t have your cake and eat it too” is a popular British figure of speech that means you can’t always enjoy two things at once.

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You can’t have your cake and eat it, because it you eat it then it will be gone, and you therefore won’t have it anymore.

Sometimes there are two options that you want, but you can’t have both because they conflict with each other, so you can only choose one of them. Essentially, you can’t have it both ways.

Twitter hoax claims people have been saying the phrase wrong

The phrase “you can’t have your cake and eat it too” has been going viral on Twitter today (October 7th) after users began claiming that people had been saying it wrong for their whole life.

Most people know the phrase as “you can’t have your cake and eat it too”, but users have been claiming that the real version of the phrase is actually “you can’t have your Kate and Edith too”.

Both phrases sound pretty similar, and they could easily be mistaken. However, despite the “Kate and Edith” version being pretty believable, it is actually false.

The phrase “you can’t have your cake and eat it too” is in the Cambridge English dictionary and is a popular English idiomatic proverb, meaning the “Kate and Edith” verison is definitely just a Twitter hoax.

Twitter users are very confused

Ever since the phrase began going viral, social media users started getting very confused over the bizarre mispronunciation.

One Twitter user said: “I cannot believe it’s ‘you can’t have your Kate and Edith too’ and not ‘you can’t have your cake and eat it too’. How am I just now learning this at 23?”

“Wait… so the saying is really you can’t have your Kate and Edith too? I know I ain’t the only one saying, you can’t have your cake and eat it too,” said another.

Some are claiming that it depends on your heritage, arguing that in black African culture, the phrase is “you can’t have your cake and eat it too” whereas in other countries they claim to say “you can’t have your Kate and Edith too”.

It certainly seems like the phrase has confused a lot of people, and everyone is falling for the Twitter joke!

‘You can’t have your Kate and Edith too’ comes from a song by The Statler Brothers

What many Twitter users didn’t actually release was that the term ‘you can’t have your Kate and Edith too’ actually comes from a song by a band called The Statler Brothers.

The American country music and gospel group are well known for being backup singers for Johnny Cash, releasing the song in 1967 as part of their The Statler Brothers Sing the Big Hits album.

Little did they know, the song would cause so much confusion on Twitter over forty years later.

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