Clearly, most people went with the traditional meaning. The three "other" responses all included meanness or cruelty in some way. Still, most people (3:1 from this non-scientific poll) seem to think it is easy and not that mean or cruel to take candy from a baby.
December 14, 2010
Results are in
Over the weekend, I was watching the Mythbusters episode which was testing the idiom "It's like taking candy from a baby." The phrase is used to imply that something is as easy as, well, taking candy from a baby. But long ago, I realized that phrase makes no sense at all. Anyone who's every been around babies knows that if a baby wants something, then even if you can easily take it from them, what you're really going to have is whatever you took away plus an unhappy baby. If the something you are taking away is candy, then you're likely to get tears from the baby, too. So taking away candy from a baby is just mean. I think that's a better representation of the idiom. What said you on the poll?