Date: Fri, 15 Mar 1996 07:58:55 -0500 From: "Dennis R. Preston" Subject: Re: "smathered" Like Ron, I have known this expression since High School (Louisville area, mid-1950's), although I have not seen in this discussion yet what I believe to be the obvious etymological link (at least the one I have always given it unquestioningly, if one can pretend to recall the folk etymologies of adolescence). For me the term was simply a euphemism for 'corn-hole,' a wide-spread label for anal intercourse. To say one was 'corn-holed' (=cheated) simply parallels general usage (in which any term for intercourse may be used to equal 'cheat,' a practice so ubiquitous with 'screwed,' for example, that the connection for many younger speakers now between the sexual sense and the derived one appears to be lost). Notice that even metaphoric sexual expresssions (e.g., 'reamed') readily transfer to the 'cheated' sense. In my adolescent etymological innocence, I simply connected the verbal 'cob' under discussion here with the 'corn' of 'corn-hole.' Hence, 'cobbed.' >On Thu, 14 Mar 1996, David Robertson wrote: > >> And has anybody else heard the expression "cobbed", as for example >> when my 62 - year - old dad says "Boy, when we took my brother to the >> casino, we really got cobbed on that one!" It means 'royally screwed >> over', I think, but evidently isn't considered obscene... >> > >I'd forgotten all about this expression. We used it exactly that way when >I was iln college (U of Iowa, 1958-62). I recall it from highschool as >well. Did you check the Random House slang dictionary? Dennis R. Preston Department of Linguistics and Languages Michigan State University East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Office: (517)432-1235 Fax: (517)432-2736