Date: Thu, 28 Sep 1995 02:25:49 EDT From: Kev 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 Crash Test Dummies