Toward more picturesque Congressional speech

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Mar 2 15:33:40 UTC 2009

At 10:02 AM -0500 3/2/09, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>HDAS I naturally includes, s.v. "ass," the disapprobatory phrase "You
>couldn't find your ass with both hands."

And the real irony is when you finally do find it, you can't tell it
from a hole in the ground.


>2009 (Feb.
>Rep. Gary L. Ackerman, a New York Democrat whose district includes a large
>number of Madoff investors, said he was "frustrated beyond belief."
>"You've told us nothing today, and I believe that was your intention," he
>said, repeatedly interrupting the regulators as they tried to answer his
>questions. "You couldn't find your backsides with two hands with the lights
>The American Dialect Society -

The American Dialect Society -

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