[Ads-l] "Monkey this up"

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Fri Aug 31 07:03:31 EDT 2018

Why wasn't 't a monkey spanner?

Unconfirmed from British Newspaper Archive:

.. the following answers: —l first asked how much pressure he had on the safety-valve beyond the ball, and he replied, A monkey spanner (that is a screw-hammer) and a key: this weight we frequently carry. I next asked him whether he noticed the height of ...
Published: Friday 28 February 1851
Newspaper: Stamford Mercury<https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/search/results?newspaperTitle=Stamford%20Mercury>
County: Lincolnshire, England
Type: Article | Words: 11459 | Page: 4 | Tags: none


From: American Dialect Society <> on behalf of W Brewer<>
Sent: Friday, August 31, 2018 2:33 AM
Subject: Re: [ADS-L] "Monkey this up"

grease monkey
OTOH, when I think of <grease monkey>, I think of my lily-white father who
spent his whole life tinkering with car, bus, & aircraft engines. He only
used a <monkey wrench>, however, for home plumbing repair. He even monkeyed
around on the roof into his eighties.

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