Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at UMR.EDU
Sun Apr 3 17:03:03 UTC 2005

  I think I see a plausible guess (speculative, but still...). Let's start from "pee-warmer" and consider that one of things it can refer to is a shot of liquor. Also, there are various references available to liquor warming one's insides. So someone being offered a real good shot of liquor on a very cold day could be told by the offerer, "Here, take this, it's a real pee-warmer."  I.e, yes, you're freezing now, but this will warm up your insides straight through to the urinary tract.

   Hence by extension, something really excellent, a humdinger, something very pleasant.

   Below my signoff are two items I found on Google.

Gerald Cohen

The Immaculate Deception
... What is a pee-warmer? a hot plate. a jock strap. something pleasant. a shot of liquor. 9. What does it mean to be racked out? to have large breasts ... - 64k - Cached - Similar pages

Re: Re: Montreal Ice Storm "Accident"
... By the way, the snowsuit also kinda keeps the pee warmer longer when you are outside because of the insulating effect of the snowpants. ... - 5k - Supplemental Result - Cached - Similar pages


> Date:    Sat, 2 Apr 2005 22:38:19 -0500
> From:    "Douglas G. Wilson" <douglas at NB.NET>
> Subject: Re: pea-warmer / pee-warmer
> >"Pea- / pee-warmer" appears to mean "humdinger," if we can believe theroughly half-dozen citations found in print between 1877 and 1901.  Naturally, all are spelled as "pea-," not "pee-."
> >
> >The earliest ex. is as the name of a mine in the Dakota Territory.
> >
> >There are no independent cites known after 1901, except for the one on the Net that claims a "pea-warmer " to be a little brassiere.  Right.
> >

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