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The Extraordinary Story Of Why A 'Cakewalk' Wasn't Always Easy

I know the phrase of "cake walk" has been brought up on here before as an occasion where a banjo and minstrel tunes could be found.  Here is a recent article on cake walks, and mention of minstrel shows:  The Extraordinary Story Of Why A 'Cakewalk' Wasn't Always Easy

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Thanks for that very interesting piece Matthew. The term "Cakewalk" has always been American to me, as it is not really a term we use here, so now I know its origin. Like many expressions it is rooted in history and culture. I enjoyed reading it Matthew, thank you.

I don't think I'd hear of the term "cakewalk" to refer to a simple task.  I always thought it was "a piece of cake," which may be a corruption of "cakewalk."  I wonder if there are regional differences in which of the terms are used.  Either way, it's useful to be reminded of the origin of these terms.

In Australia you do hear the expression "a piece of cake" and, as Bob says, it may be a corruption of cakewalk.

The term is definitely used for a simple task (e.g. Kenneth Adelman on Iraq). Seems like a misuse, perhaps inspired by the phrase "piece of cake".



Bob DeVellis said:

I don't think I'd hear of the term "cakewalk" to refer to a simple task.  I always thought it was "a piece of cake," which may be a corruption of "cakewalk."  I wonder if there are regional differences in which of the terms are used.  Either way, it's useful to be reminded of the origin of these terms.

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