Date: Wed, 7 Dec 1994 18:07:28 -0500
From: "Peter L. Patrick" PPATRICK[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GUVAX.BITNET
Subject: Re: Offensive Sayings "from" PEI -- Last Post
More on this horse-watering subject.
This is linguistics-by-translation, but Romani gypsies in
northern Europe have, or used to have, a similar expression used by
the men when they were going outside the caravan to the edge of the
campgrounds to urinate: "going to look at the horses". Anatomical
comparisons aside, I assumed the connection with horses is that you do
it outside of your own walking/cooking/etc area, which is also where
you tether horses (who have no such scruples, but never seem to step
in anything either).
This earthshaking info was gleaned from a book I no longer
have, autobiographical account by a Scandinavian (Dane?) who ran away
with a gypsy group at age 12 and lived with them for years. I don't
remember the author, only that it vanished when I had to get rid of 25
boxes or so of books a year or two ago, along with other gems.