‘Tis an expression much favored by an acquaintance. According to the urban dictionary, it mens that something was done perfectly. However, when its origin is expanded to “nailed it to the cross,” the meaning of perfection is called into question and “nailed it” becomes ironic. Which may account for the popularity of the Netflix series, which features amateur bakers aiming for success and coming up with a mess.
To what extent has the expectation of perfection bedeviled the black community? Does the need to strive for excellence keep people from even trying?