wee-weed up

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Aug 21 15:00:42 UTC 2009

I support M Covarrubias's interpretation.  See at end.

At 8/20/2009 11:23 PM, M Covarrubias wrote:
>On Aug 20, 2009, at 10:20 PM, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
>>Any thoughts on this?
>>... "There is something about August going into September where
>>everybody in
>>Washington gets all wee-weed up,'' Obama said.
>>There's plenty of silly speculation online about Obama's usage. My
>>guess is that he was reaching for a euphemization of, perhaps, the
>>"AFU" of
>>"SNAFU" or something similar, and ended up with the wrong euphemism.
>>The end
>>result sounds like he's trying to euphemize "all pissed up," which
>>mean much in AmE (though I suppose it would mean "very drunk" in BrE).
>i think i assumed he was blending "all riled up" with mimicking the
>little piggy that went weeweewee all the way home. sort of like a
>crazy little critter that runs around shrieking.

Remember that in August Congress takes its recess.  All the (pork
barrel) pigs go wee-weeing home to their constituents, the
Republicans among them squealing about what Obama has done to them.


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