Date: Tue, 8 Mar 1994 10:39:34 -0600 From: mftcf[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UXA.ECN.BGU.EDU Subject: Re: Adam's off ox On Tue, 8 Mar 1994, Larry Horn wrote: > 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 > I think I remember this as an item we asked for during the field interviews for DARE. So it should be in DARE; I'd look it up in vol. I but I'm at the office and my books are at home. Tim Frazer