A buffoon who performs pudding tricks, such as
swallowing a certain number of yards of
black-pudding. S. Bishop observes that each country names its stage
buffon from its favourite viands: The Dutchman calls him Pickel-herringë; the Germans, Hans Wurst (John Sausage);
the Frenchman, Jean Potage; the Italian, Macaroni; and
the English, Jack Pudding.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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