Date: Tue, 18 Oct 1994 16:06:00 EDT
From: "Dennis.Preston" 22709MGR[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MSU.EDU
Subject: Re: offending idioms
It is true that Wham Bam Thank you Mam is an old catchphrase, but it is also
only a part of a longer old rabbit joke. A horny old rabbit is moving among
his females saying Wham Bam (rapidity and frequency of rabbit intercourse is
the joke for you city folks). In the telling of the joke this is said several
times, then the line Wham Bam Sorry Sam concludes the telling.
Although the line, therefore, orginally had animal sexual reference, the
transfer to humans was obvious and usual (at least in my Louisville KY 1940s
and 50s childhood).
I wanted to set the rabbit history of this phrase straight.