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

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Aug 6 14:41:43 EDT 2017


> On Aug 6, 2017, at 2:30 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> "Armpit" in this case is, of course, a euphemism for "asshole.”

Or “underbuttock”.

> 
> See HDAS.
> 
> Another reason not to say it in a commercial.
> 
> JL
> 
> On Sun, Aug 6, 2017 at 2:21 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> wrote:
> 
>>> 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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