Date: Fri, 9 Jun 1995 18:39:53 -0400

From: "E. Wayles Browne" ewb2[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CORNELL.EDU

Subject: Re: meddle

Is anyone familiar with the use of the verb "meddle" meaning 'to make sexual

advances'? If so, could you please give me an illustrative sentence as well

as details of when, where, and by whom you've heard it used?


Joan Hall, DARE

I know it only from hearing a 'dirty' song recorded by Oscar Brand,

'Roll the Leg Over'.

"I wish all the world was like Hansel and Gretel.

If I was Hansel, I'd meddle with Gretel."

I thought at the time it was a creative use of meddle 'interfere', rather

than an established usage.

Wayles Browne, Assoc. Prof. of Linguistics

Dept. of Modern Languages and Linguistics, Morrill Hall

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York 14853, U.S.A.

tel. 607-255-0712 (o), 607-273-3009 (h)

e-mail ewb2[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] (1989 to 1993 was: jn5j[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]cornella.bitnet //