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
Ithaca, New York 14853, U.S.A.
tel. 607-255-0712 (o), 607-273-3009 (h)
e-mail ewb2[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]cornell.edu (1989 to 1993 was: jn5j[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]cornella.bitnet //
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