Date: Thu, 28 Sep 1995 02:25:49 EDT
From: Kev krkefg01[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MOREHEAD-ST.EDU
Subject: Re: ? Phrase: "Johnny at the rathole" (fwd)
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
Hi there y'all...
I've been lurking around here for a week or two, just learning from
everyone on here... I guess now is a good time to post, no?
Anyhoo, as for "Johnny at the rathole," I grew up in south central Ohio
and heard this phrase from a few of the older folks there... However, unless
the potato famine hit hard in Ohio (since I can't think of anywhere where
they grow potatoes there), I don't think it involves that... Of course,
that's just a lay-opinion, remember. I don't have the above clipped info
on hand either... Just thought I'd surface with this one!
Thanks for reading!
KVK III (R/TV Major, Linguistics minor)
"Once, there was this boy whose
Parents made him come directly home right after school, and
When they went to their church,
And lurch all over the church floor.
He couldn't quite explain it,
They'd always just gone there"
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