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Cakesniffer is an insult, generally applied by Carmelita Spats to other people.

Usage

The term is usually used by Carmelita Spats, either to denote people she does not like or to make fun of anyone in general. She does this all throughout the books and show, and she notably calls the Baudelaire siblings cakesniffers the first time she meets them in both.[1][2]

Meaning

The meaning of the term is never explicitly stated in the books. Many fans agree that it is a derrogatory term used to call people poor, because those, not being able to afford the sweet, would have to content themselves with sniffing it.[3] The term might also relate to the saying "Let them eat cake", which the Baudelaires eventually hear.[4] In the TV series, we can assume the meaning is a bit more literal, since we see Carmelita going to the kitchen to actually sniff cake,[5] so the logical deduction to be made is that there is in fact a rumor going around the school of a troublemaker sniffing cakes when no one else is around, and that the annoying little girl only uses it to insult others so she diverts suspicion from herself. Not only that, but Duncan Quagmire appears to know her secret, as in one scene he briefly silences Carmelita (at the time, leading lots of other students to bully the Baudelaires) by saying "You're the cakesniffer!".

Trivia

  • There are other theories surrounding the meaning of the term, with some saying it would be in fact a parody of "coke sniffer", and Carmelita's full-of-sugar face snorting a cake would be a reference to that; and other saying it would be a lighter way, since it is in a children's book series, to say insults like "c*cksucker"[6][7].

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