Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Candle Holding


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I don't know the origin of this phrase but I can look it up. All I can find actually is the definition, but not the origin? I know it's used in a Relient K song - "Can't hold a candle to her, cause all the moths get in the way." Wait I FOUND IT. It is referencing the lowest apprentice would be the one who holds the candle for the master since that's all they're good for, so if you can't even hold a candle then you're truly worthless? So holding a candle to tell the worth of something is not really a valid test. But I did not know this before looking it up, so it's an understandable mistake I think. 

A: How good in that product?
B: I held a candle to it and nothing happened so... ?

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