"spend a penny" -- the TLS is at it again.

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Sat Oct 8 19:16:45 UTC 2011

Somebody has made the assertion or speculation (I saw it on-line but I
can't find it now) that "bum-taffy" was a deliberate malapropism
referring to Daffy's Elixir, an old laxative (which has a Wikipedia page).

-- Doug Wilson

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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