The more I thought about it the more I wondered why anyone would suck in raw egg when the same result could be achieved by blowing it out. And was there really such a demand for empty eggshells? All the same, there are some very old references to egg sucking. I'm going to pursue it a little further. But it's a method you'd only use if you had no other means at your disposal, i.
What is the origin of the expression 'teaching granny to suck eggs'?
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Greece British English Sussex I expect grandma washed the eggs first. I've often eaten raw eggs - they're used in home-made mayonnaise and tiramisu, after all. I think that in the old days, when nearly everyone outside the cities kept hens, and there were also eggs to be found in wild birds'nests, anyone who was out and about and hungry and happened to find some eggs would not put the eggs in their pocket and perhaps be found out and punished for stealing. No, they would eat them on the spot. I don't suppose they carried a cup around with them, so the easiest way to eat an egg when you don't have any utensils to hand apart from something small and sharp to pierce the shell is to suck it out of the shell. I imagine this was routine for hungry young kids, perhaps from an early age.
I wonder if you would care to explain a phrase in wide use but rather odd in its direct meaning: This has been in use by my parents, both in their 70s. A It does look odd, but its meaning is clear enough: As that prolific author, Anon, once wrote: The good old lady can that feat enact, Quite irrespective of your kind instruction.