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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: Nonsense; lies.
From applesauce, made from puréed apples, often sweetened and spiced. Earliest documented use: 1672, metaphorically from 1920s.
It’s not known what the humble applesauce did to deserve to become associated with balderdash. If it’s any consolation, other food-related terms are often used as synonyms for nonsense, such as baloney and banana oil. Some other terms made with apple as an ingredient are apple-polish, apple knocker, and apple of one’s eye.
“The foreshadowing, as it were -- comes true, or turns out to be pure applesauce.”
Cam Cole; Cujo Puts the Fear Into the Sens; National Post (Don Mills, Canada); Apr 3, 2000.
See more usage examples of applesauce in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:The same people who can deny others everything are famous for refusing themselves nothing. -Leigh Hunt, poet and essayist (19 Oct 1784-1859)