cheese out

Gordon, Matthew J. GordonMJ at MISSOURI.EDU
Mon Nov 4 14:07:45 UTC 2002

I'm familiar with 'cheese X off' which I take to be a milder version of 'piss X off'. What interested me about this example was the different meaning. She wasn't indicating her anger, rather her opinion on the cheesiness of the music. 

-----Original Message-----
From:   James Smith [mailto:jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM]
Sent:   Mon 11/4/2002 7:57 AM
Subject:             Re: cheese out

Variations on the phrase "Cheese me off" were fairly
common around Salt Lake City in the late 60's and
early 70's.  I haven't heard this usage for years.  At
the time, I thought it had evolved from "Tees me off".

--- "Gordon, Matthew J." <GordonMJ at MISSOURI.EDU>
> I heard a wonderful new (to me) usage on the  _This
> American Life_ radio program. I don't remember it
> verbatim but it was something like:
> "That cheeses me out."
> The reference was to patriotic music and the
> speaker's meaning was that she found it cheesy. The
> speaker was a Texan but I doubt this is a
> regionalism. It seems a natural extension of the
> pattern established by 'freak' and 'weird' + 'out',
> which I think we discussed some months ago.

James D. SMITH                 |If history teaches anything
South SLC, UT                  |it is that we will be sued
jsmithjamessmith at     |whether we act quickly and decisively
                               |or slowly and cautiously.

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