Date: Fri, 5 May 1995 17:00:42 -0700
From: Peter McGraw pmcgraw[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CALVIN.LINFIELD.EDU
Subject: Re: Anodyne expletives
On Fri, 5 May 1995, Stephanie Hysmith wrote:
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Date: 05-May-1995 01:11pm EST
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From: Stephanie Hysmith Dept: English
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Subject: Anodyne expletives
Elaine Green reporte her mother as saying "sugar foot" and asked if people had
other expressions from Eastern Shore, Baltimore, or DC. An inlaw's father, now
90, who is half Dutch-half German, grew up in Baltimore. His German mother used
to use the expressions: sow's ear, mule ear, dumb ass and asel. He believed the
latter to be German for ass-hole, although I don't think Germans ever refer
specifically to that orifice.
This is my first List message, so please forgive me if I commit any faux-pas.
Received: 05-May-1995 01:11pm
German "Esel" [ez[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]l] simply means "donkey". What *I* wonder is whether
this could possibly be the source [via folk etymology and admittedly
quite a bit of phone substitution] of the cruder English term.