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Coined Phrased Zappa Is Still The Creative Legend Long After His Death

The crux of the biscuit”
In the song “Stink-foot” on the album Apostrophe ( ‘ ) (1974), Frank Zappa wrote:

“The crux of the biscuit/ Is the Apostrophe.

“The crux of the biscuit” means the same thing as “the heart of the matter.” It’s not known why “biscuit” is used—perhaps because “crux” sounds like “crust(s).” The phrase “the crust of the biscuit” has long since dropped the “is the apostrophe” answer and has been used without reference to the Frank Zappa song.

Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993) was an American composer, singer-songwriter, electric guitarist, record producer and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa wrote rock, jazz, orchestral and musique concrète works. He also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. Zappa produced almost all of the more than 60 albums he released with the band The Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist.

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