879. Apple crumble


The man who coined the phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” has died. Mr Pip Appleton passed away on Thursday evening with his wife at his bedside.

“The cause of his death was minor,” said Mrs Charity Appleton, “but he refused to see a doctor.”

Mr Pip Appleton was a well-known and respected orchardist in the area. He had come up with the phrase after a drop in sales and a glut of apples. The slogan worked. The whole world practically espoused the principle and sank their teeth into juicy Granny Smiths.

“It’s not simply a clever phrase,” gloried Mr Appleton, “it’s actually true.”

“It’s pride what killed him in the end,” said Mrs Charity Appleton. “Pride, not lack of apples. He refused to see a doctor simply because he wanted to prove the veracity of his slogan – right to the very end. Pride cometh before a fall.”

It is believed that Mrs Charity Appleton’s catchphrase, “Pride cometh before a fall”, is very likely to catch on.

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27 thoughts on “879. Apple crumble

  1. Cynthia Jobin

    What a lovely and interesting obituary! One correction, though: it wasn’t Mrs. Charity Appleton what first said that bit about pride cometh before a fall. Some guy named Proverbs said it first, only he said pride goeth before a fall….cometh, goeth, in the end it doesn’t really matter, does it?

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thank you for the compliment. Although I was aware of Mister Proverbs goeth-ing, I thought Charity added the dimension of cometh-ing. Be all that as it may, the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” was first used I believe by the snake tempting Eve in the Garden of Eden.

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