C Is For Cracker, Just Cuz

Screen Shot 2016-03-21 at 10.37.14 AMHoly crap on a cracker!

… is one of those things people say when stuff goes wrong in a weird way.  I couldn’t tell you when or where I first saw or heard this saying, but I know that I say it from time-to-time.

When I started researching this phrase’s derivation, I discovered that some sources say that “crap on a cracker” is a polite way of re-stating what my FIL, a Korean War vet, would describe as: sh!t on a shingle.”  

I dunno if that’s true, but it makes for a good story.

What I do know to be true about this phrase is that it’s been made popular by Kaley Cuoco’s character Penny on The Big Bang Theory.

And that’s all I can tell you, my gentle readers, about holy crap on a cracker!  😉

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Ally Bean

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29 thoughts on “C Is For Cracker, Just Cuz”

  1. I’ve been served things that resemble ‘crap on a cracker’ both on a plate and in life. I find my self saying it often lol. And Big Bang Theory is my go to show on the dvr.
    (The immature teenager in me wants to know if you’re going to be discussing things like ‘Parmesan all over your eggplant’ or ‘pudding on my vanilla wafer’…?)LOL

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    1. bitsfromheaven, I love TBBT and watch re-runs of it when I’m cooking dinner or catching up on email at night or playing games on my iPad. And as for your questions… you’ll have to wait and see. 😉

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  2. I blame Penny as well, and have loved that phrase since I originally heard in on BBT. There are moments when it is the only way to describe a situation… 🙂

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  3. I didn’t realize the BBT connection. My dad, also a Korean War vet, was more inclined to use the shingle phrase. By they way, it took me til now to realize you were doing food sayings that have nothing to do with food. I’m a little slow. And I love it. Seems like it will be quite the challenge.

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    1. Zazzy, I remember hearing people say this phrase since way back forever. I think TBBT made the saying more universal. Yep, my theme is talking the talk about food, although some letters will be more literally about food because that’s how it’s going to be. My blog, my rules. 😉

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    1. Thanks kathy. Got to admit that I’m kind of wondering what else I’m going to come up now that I’ve decided to do this challenge. Guess we’ll all see together. 😉

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  4. We had shit on a shingle for dinner when it was the end of the month and my parents were running out of money. (teachers get paid once a month) It was toast with creamed tuna. I actually loved it. 🙂

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  5. I am much more familiar with the sh!t on a shingle phrase… in fact, I was thinking you were turning that phrase into something PG-13 until I remembered it was shingle and not cracker. I don’t watch BBT nor have I heard anyone use crap on a cracker yet…

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    1. evilsquirrel13, I heard the phrase before TBBT but Penny has made it popular, at least online among bloggers. I say it once in a while when the situation warrants. More often than you might imagine, actually.

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  6. Hah! Never heard of this term! Now it will probably slip out of my mouth when I least expect it! 😀 Now ‘Shit on a Shingle” I have heard.
    Mary Lou from Me In The Middle
    @qmarylou_q

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  7. My dad was also a fan of “sh!t on a shingle” when in need of a catchy phrase. He also said it was the name they used for a meal of corned beef on noodles that they served when he was in the service during WWII? Does your FIL remember that?

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    1. Nancy, I’ve not heard FIL talk about that meal, but will ask him next time I see him. FIL was in Korea, so maybe different wars, different “sh!t on a shingle?” [Now there’s a sentence!]

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