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

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Aug 6 14:21:34 EDT 2017


> On Aug 6, 2017, at 1:34 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> "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

I’ve heard several places described as “the armpit of the East” (or other geographical region”, but haven’t encountered any described as “the underarm of the East”.  “The soft underbelly”, maybe.

LH
> 
> 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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