Date: Thu, 14 Mar 1996 21:51:04 -0500

From: Ronald Butters amspeech[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ACPUB.DUKE.EDU

Subject: Re: cobbed

On Thu, 14 Mar 1996, Bob Haas wrote:

Does this term allude to the pre-toilet-paper usage of corn cobs for

personal hygiene? If so, "cobbed" certainly has more flair than, say,

"getting really Sears catalogued." Hmm.

I always assumed that the meaning was cruder than 'toilet paper'--that it

had somethilng to do with the insertion of the cob into the anal canal.

But I read Faulkner's SANCTUARY (in which a charactger named "Popeye" uses

a corn cob as a tool for commiting a horrible rape) in

high school, and that may have affected my perception of the meaning

here--that and the commonplace Iowa expression "He walks like he has a cob

up his arse."