Date: Sat, 28 Oct 1995 17:30:54 -0400


Subject: Re: ?Earliest Citation of "Bite Me"

On Sat, 28 Oct 1995, Bethany Dumas, UTK wrote:

Not only do I NOT remember "bite me," I have not the slightest idea

what it means. Can someonoe enlighten me?

Well, "bite me" is a slang insult and it may derive from "eat me" as an

insult with sexual connotations. I have heard "the youth of America"

(everyone born after 1970) use this expression where I am, and I may have

even used the expression myself.

The expression is not simply an insult, but in the course of turn-taking

it works as a response to something uttered by the now-addressee with

which the speaker does not agree and for which the speaker can frame no

better response (Try it! It works.) I do not know if whether the meaning

is semantically recoverable, in terms of an order being given to bite

someone for some reason.

Terry Irons


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