Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 05:47:26 -1000 From: Norman Roberts Subject: Re: How cold was it? >My understanding of the phrase, "It's cold enough to freeze the balls on a >brass monkey" is that the monkey is a triangle made of brass upon which cannon >balls were stacked. When it got cold enough, the balls would freeze on the >brass monkey. >Nothing to do with the little guy's anatomy. > >David R. Carlson >Springfield College >Springfield MA However, in the frozen north, at least when I lived there long ago, there was the expression "cold enough to freeze the balls OFF a brass monkey." As I recall, it was also "colder than a well digger's arse in January." And here in Hawaii right now it is "long sleeve days and two blanket nights." Aloha e N