This is like being told that there's no such thing as the Tooth Fairy, or that your name isn't really your name, or basically that everything you've ever known has been a lie.
A new grammar fact that is doing the rounds on social media courtesy of dictionary Merriam-Webster has revealed that the phrase 'just desserts' - as in 'Well, they got their just desserts' to signify that someone got what was coming to them - is incorrect.
It is, in fact, 'just deserts'. Yes, it has nothing to do with ice-cream or banoffee pie or lemon meringue. Deserts, not desserts.
Even more confusingly, it's still pronounced as 'desserts', because the English language is very confusing. But next time you'll know to spell it 'deserts' in your head.
Okay, okay. So, personally, we don't use the phrase very often. But still...
'Just deserts': when one gets the punishment one deserves
'Just desserts': a child's dream dinnerhttps://t.co/59plGpV9sZ
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) October 16, 2019
Other people were just as surprised as we were...
I feel as if I've been living a lie........
— Carrie Cross (@carriecross1974) October 16, 2019
— ᴅ ᴏ ᴡ ɴ 10 (@Down10) October 16, 2019
I had no idea. pic.twitter.com/21QXaIG9yx
— Marshall MSP (@MyNextAct) October 16, 2019
— mrs castro (@louieezy) October 16, 2019
— Mycrofette (@mycrofette) October 17, 2019
Every day's an education, people.