Date: Wed, 27 Sep 1995 22:03:30 -0500 From: Daniel S Goodman Subject: ? Phrase: "Johnny at the rathole" (fwd) ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Wed, 27 Sep 1995 10:28:29 -0700 (PDT) From: Serra Coop. Library System To: Stumpers-list 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]