Heard on [adult swim]: "street" to "alley"?

Herb Stahlke hfwstahlke at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 20 11:25:54 UTC 2009

I have not noticed hearing "street" or "road" in this expression, only
"alley," but then I grew up about twenty-five miles from the
Ambassador Bridge--on the Michigan side.


On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 2:03 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
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> "Announcer" spoofing the BBC on Lookaround U, a Brit comedy show:
> "Wherever your _alley_, we are right up it."
> Among the *very* few people from the various branches of the past and
> present kingdom that I've known, I've heard, "right up your _street_"
> and "right up your _road_," but, never before, "right up your alley,"
> except from Canadians.
> Speaking of whom, according to another show, the present-day United
> States would be located in Canada, had not the the American Indians
> graciously chosen to die out and had not a multitude of black Africans
> rushed to take advantage of a generous offer of lifetime employment in
> exchange for free passage to what was to become the United States.
> -Wilson
> –––
> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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> -Mark Twain
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