Date: Thu, 28 Sep 1995 02:25:49 EDT


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]

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,

They'd jump

And lurch all over the church floor.

He couldn't quite explain it,

They'd always just gone there"

Mmmm, Mmmm, Mmmm, Mmmm

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