[Ads-l] Don't urinate on my leg...

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jun 28 06:32:14 EDT 2017


Brian Karem, White House correspondent for Sentinel Newspapers, commenting
to Greta van Susteren on MSNBC about Spicey/Huckaboo briefing methods:

"Don't pour water in my ear and tell me it's raining."

JL

On Sat, Jun 11, 2016 at 9:42 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sat, Jun 11, 2016 at 12:24 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com
> >
> wrote:
>
> > SWAG: "Spit in my face..." is the original form, since to "spit in
> > someone's face" is a long-established idiom.
> >
>
> The _spit_ version is the oldest version that I'm familiar with.
>
> Back in '75, a former girlfriend, themselves 6'2", told me that their older
> brother, 6'7", got fed up with having to deal with that stale chestnut,
>
> "How's the weather up there?"
>
> So, when someone asked him that, he would spit into that person's face and
> reply:
>
> "It's raining."
>
> They made no attempt to align this anecdote with the saying and it didn't
> occur to me to try to connect the two. So, IMO, any resemblance is purely
> coincidental.
> --
> -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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