Date: Sat, 28 Oct 1995 17:30:54 -0400 From: TERRY IRONS 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 (*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*) Terry Lynn Irons t.irons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Voice Mail: (606) 783-5164 Snail Mail: UPO 604 Morehead, KY 40351 (*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)