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

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Sun Aug 6 16:30:15 EDT 2017


Underarm may be the term of choice on Madison Avenue, but I have never
heard it used on any other street in NYC.

On Aug 6, 2017 1:35 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
>
> 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.
> >
> > --
> > -Wilson
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> > come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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