[Ads-l] An old, "rhetorical" obscenity …

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Feb 27 02:59:19 EST 2017

from The Lou:

"Drop down and chop!"

Literally, "Fall to your knees and fellate [someone]!" equivalent to white
"Blow me!"

I call expressions like this "rhetorical" for the obvious reason: I don’t
have a better term.  Like, they’re not complimentary, but it would be
surprising, if their use provoked a physical confrontation, since they’re
usually used, like "Your ass!" by someone on the losing end of a
usually-friendly, verbal confrontation between a couple of shades.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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

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