Date: Sat, 28 Oct 1995 18:33:47 -0400

From: Seth Sklarey crissiet[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IPOF.FLA.NET

Subject: Bite me

Sorry to inform you that it dates from the late 50's (So. Fla.)

and means "suck my richard! abbrev ," also used as "eat me!"

used as an insult from one heterosexual male to another

usually to mean "you are wrong" or "I don't accept that" and

"that's final," end of conversation, or "what you said is stupid."

Evolved into "bite this"

while grabbing crotch with one or both hands. Now quite common

even on TV. See N.Y.P.D. Blues Detective Sipowitz (Dennis

Franz) who uses it frequently, or Bud Bundy on Married With


our intuition fell a bit (or a bite) short.

Ron Butters wrote:

My intuition is that "bite me" is relatively new--within the last 20

years or so--and I guess it comes from "bite my ass," in insulting retort

related to "kiss my ass" and which is surely much older.

"Bite me"thus strikes me as a kind of politer form of "kiss my ass."