mrgjb at SOVER.NET
Mon May 13 21:59:41 UTC 2002
At 3:24 PM -0400 4/13/02, James A. Landau wrote:
>In a message dated 04/13/2002 1:29:29 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
>mam at THEWORLD.COM writes:
>Just a guess, but could it be that the "dime" in question was the one spent
>to get into a pay toilet and "get off the dime" is a rewording, or maybe
>euphemism, for "get off the pot"?
> Here I sit,
> paid my dime
> and only farted
>According to an Englishwoman I met in 1982, British pay toilets (or whatever
>they call them) cost a shilling, and "I have to spend a shilling" meant "I
>have to go to the lieu".
> - Jim Landau
Hereabouts pay toilets must have cost one cent at one time because "spend a
penny" is the term used for having to use the latrine. Ruth in Vermont,
PS: Miraculously I remembered to put my answer at the bottom, most of my
genealogy groups want it at the top.
mrgjb at sover.net
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