Date: Wed, 7 Dec 1994 18:07:28 -0500 From: "Peter L. Patrick" 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. --peter patrick