Date: Wed, 27 Sep 1995 22:03:30 -0500
From: Daniel S Goodman dsg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAROON.TC.UMN.EDU
Subject: ? Phrase: "Johnny at the rathole" (fwd)
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Date: Wed, 27 Sep 1995 10:28:29 -0700 (PDT)
From: Serra Coop. Library System serra[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CLASS.ORG
To: Stumpers-list Stumpers-l[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CRF.CUIS.EDU
Subject: ? Phrase: "Johnny at the rathole"
We have another colloquial expression for which the patron wants to know
the *origin*!!!! We know the meaning; _Dictionary of Contemporary Slang_
defines it as meaning "an exceptionally enthusiastic, greedy person".
DCS cites Runyon, Damon. _Runyon on Broadway_ (Constable, 1950, no page #)
which we do not own.
Wall/Words & Phrases Index has references to _Dialect Notes_ 3:545+, 1911
and 5:167, 1922, which we do not have access to either at our library or
the two university libraries locally.
Patron heard as a child and still uses it. Her parents were of Irish
ancestry and she grew up in Ohio & Oklahoma; she thought it might relate
to the potato famine. Does anyone have access to the above sources or
something else that might help us out? TIA
Judy Swink/serra[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]class.org