[Ads-l] Heard in an anti-pit-action ad

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Aug 6 13:34:29 EDT 2017


"Pit" = established slang for "armpit."

"Action" = even longer established slang for "goings-on" or even just
"stuff."

"Armpit" = term for "underarm" tabooed by Madison Avenue since at least the
'50s, because it's widely held to be very creepy, like "moist."


JL

On Sun, Aug 6, 2017 at 1:19 PM, Mark Mandel <thnidu at gmail.com> wrote:

> I don't get it. Without context & detail, this could be perfectly normal.
> And I have no idea what "anti-pit-action" is supposed to mean, and had even
> less before opening your post. (Auto racing?)
>
> Mark, puzzled
>
> On Aug 6, 2017 1:59 AM, "Wilson Gray" <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> _armpits_
>
> instead of "underarms."
>
> Youneverknow.
>
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> -Wilson
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