[Ads-l] _on the bone_ "ithyphallic"

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Sun Jun 18 22:03:52 EDT 2017


Cf. the 1908 "Merkle boner", a baserunning error by Giants player Fred 
Merkle which ultimately cost his team the NL pennant.

Jim Parish


On 6/18/2017 8:58 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> Back in my day,  "boner" was a common and polite term for an embarrassing
> error.
>
> No more. (Of course, I exaggerate; but it's been decades since I last heard
> someone say it.)
>
> JL
>
>
>
> On Sun, Jun 18, 2017 at 12:27 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Now in the UD, since 2006, in fact:
>> Urban Dictionary: on the bone
>> www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=on%20the%20bone
>> Having an erect penis; having a boner; having a hard on [sic]; being on
>> hard.
>>
>>
>> I first heard this in 1947. In fact, that's the *only* time that I've ever
>> heard it. But I found it quite catchy. Among black men of my generation,
>> _on hard_ is the ordinary use. I first heard _boner_ in the relevant sense
>> at UC Davis in 1969, and both _to bone_ and _bone-room_ in the 1988 movie,
>> School Daze.
>>
>> --
>> -Wilson
>> -----
>> 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
>>
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