had the biscuit

Despite my years in Canada, I can’t say I had encountered the phrase “had the biscuit” before today. As someone who is rather fond of biscuit-based phrases – something else I don’t think I so clearly knew before today – I was astonished to encounter it on a list of Canadianism.

Something which is broken or unusable has “had the biscuit”. Dead watches and badly-ripped clothing have had the biscuit.

Or is it just “had the biscuit”? I don’t see a great deal of consistency in tense among the first few examples of it I have encountered.

An initial trawl of websites yields the consensus that cookies are not involves in this biscuit however; it’s a Canadian Protestant derogatory term for the communion wafer, specifically that received during Extreme Unction.

My Canadian visitor was mildly surprised that I had somehow missed the phrase; but then I don’t think we’ve spent much of our friendship discussing broken things.

P.S. I didn’t forget about One Peppercorn! I’ve had a serious case of life lately: among other things, multiple international trips, good for adding to my food-related vocabulary.


4 responses to “had the biscuit”

  1. SMurphy says:

    My Mom, a Canadian, has used this phrase all my life. It was always just, “had the biscuit”.

  2. trisha says:

    Stumbled across your site from another blog andI love it! Please keep it up. I like food and I like words and this is a great marriage of the two 🙂

  3. Billy says:

    I’ve heard it used since I was a kid (in the UK). Along with ‘taken the biscuit’ for going to far.

    I still like the withholding of imaginary biscuits as punishment. I seem to tell a lot of people recently that ‘for you there is no biscuit’.

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