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.
From: James Smith [mailto:jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM]
Sent: Mon 11/4/2002 7:57 AM
To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
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
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