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

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed May 20 17:09:47 UTC 2009

At 7:25 AM -0400 5/20/09, Herb Stahlke wrote:
>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.

There's even a negative form of the expression:

"This is not un-up your alley."
(Don DeLillo, Underworld, 1997, p. 202)


>On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 2:03 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
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>>  Subject:      Heard on [adult swim]: "street" to "alley"?
>>  "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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