birthday pants and crotch rocket

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Tue Jan 18 20:19:13 UTC 2005

Ah! Shades of the past. "Crotch rocket" reminds 
me of "crotch cricket," our adolescent synonym 
for crab louse. What wags we were!


>This reminds me of something that I heard from 
>one of my students recently.  When I asked her 
>about her weekend, she went on and on about 
>riding a "crotch rocket."  I was noticeably 
>surprised that she would speak so openly and 
>gleefully of this with her teacher and wasn't 
>sure if she was saying this just to, if you'll 
>pardon the expression, get a rise out of me. 
>Turns out, a 'crotch rocket' is a kind of 
>motorcycle.  Of course, everyone knows this 
>except for me.  Who would have known?!!
>Fritz--who just isn't 'with it'
>>>>  zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU 01/15/05 10:00AM >>>
>caught in the most recent New Yorker, "in one's birthday pants" 'naked
>from the waist down':
>At the same time, the stresses in the women's lives are played for
>comedy (and sometimes as an attempt to get two laughs out of one
>jokeƅ\in two episodes early in the series, two different characters are
>caught outside naked, one in her full birthday suit and one in his
>birthday pants).
>and from yet another site, suggesting that "birthday pants" might refer
>to crotchless pants (obviously not what was featured in "Desperate
>Housewives", but possibly what the porn sites were going on about):

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