End of ADS-L Digest - 6 Mar 1994 to 7 Mar 1994 ********************************************** There are 7 messages totalling 138 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Adam's off ox (7) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 8 Mar 1994 10:37:35 EST From: Larry Horn Subject: Adam's off ox Is anyone familiar with the original and regional distribution of the above? This came up on another list, and I submitted my own speculation, which is that the phrase occurs only in the expression "X doesn't know Y from Adam's off ox", the suggestion being that Y is even more unfamiliar to X than Adam himself would be ("I don't know him from Adam"). The off ox, I assume (without evidence), is the farther of the two in the yoke, although again I have no idea why that should be relevant here. Maybe I've got it all wrong, in fact. Can anyone help? --Larry