Date: Wed, 23 Nov 1994 10:59:51 -0400 From: TPRATT[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UPEI.CA Subject: Offensive sayings "from" PEI -- POST ONE Many, many thanks (personal to follow) to all who helped me clarify a list of potential sayings for my Prince Edward Island collection. I am encouraged to ask for this List's help again, in a similar way. I have in my files, but not yet edited into an Appendix, about 100 sayings certain to be offensive to one element or another of my chief targeted audience, the folks of PEI, on grounds mostly of their taboo words, but also occasionally for their racism or sexism (most of these pretty mild compared to items often discussed on this List). I wish this Appendix would go away but it won't; it's life, even in the land of Anne. It seems highly possible, however, that I can cut down on the number I need to include, if they are recognized, as some of the previous group were, by the subscribers to this List, as occurring outside my broad catchment area of the Atlantic provinces or the New England states. It is clear from the DARE volumes already published that a lot of compounds and expressions that use 'ass,' 'cunt,' and 'fuck' are not regional in the United States but national, or they would be in that dictionary (such is my true faith in that wonderful work). The same principle (I sniff a paper here) could apply. So I propose to list about twenty-five of these sayings every other day for the next week, with the above heading changed to POST TWO, THREE, and FOUR, so you'll know what's coming. And I ask that you write to me if you know any of them as being OUTSIDE THAT NORTH ATLANTIC REGION. Just refer to them by number if you wish, for a quick response, and remember that dead-easy address: tpratt[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] I would consider anyone writing to have the authority of print, which is what I use to reject ANY saying, and then I would be off the hook for the ones you tell me. Thanks in advance; acknowledgement in form also coming. READY? HERE GOES POST ONE: 1. from arsehole to appetite (of persons, 'completely') 2. up to their arse in clover 3. The arse has gone out of the market. 4. It's not up your arse or you'd feel it. (nonsense reply) 5. They know as much about that as my asshole knows about soapblowing. 6. as useless as balls on a heifer 7. to beat the snot out of [someone] 8. a bee up one's ass (busy mood) 9. better out than an eye (excuse for fart) 10. better out than in (ditto) 11. better to burp and taste it than fart and waste it 12. black as arse (dark night) 13. Bring that up after supper and we'll vote on it. (burp) 14. busy as a fart in a mitten 15. busy as a hen picking flyshit out of pepper 16. They could charm the pants off a nun. 17. so cheap they wouldn't give you the smell off last year's shit 18. to choke the chicken (male: either masturbate or urinate) 19. just the cock for Dolly (something fits) 20. to have cowshit on their boots (new to town) 21. up at crow piss (early in the morning) 22. There's a difference between scratching your arse and tearing it (overdoing something) 23. If that dog hadn't stopped to shit, he would've caught the fox. (lazy) 24. Wouldn't that make an old doy piss on her pups! (I'll be darned) 25. like dogshit, everywhere you go (someone hanging around) 26. Don't let the door hit your arse. (Farewell, so long.)