[Ads-l] RES: ankle-biters

Mark Mandel mark.a.mandel at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 9 22:16:02 EDT 2018


Ditto to Dave at wilton.net's experience; iirc, especially or exclusively
small children.

(Oh, hell, we have a plague of Daves! Except none of them are particularly
plaguy.)

Mark

On Wed, May 9, 2018, 8:50 PM dave at wilton.net <dave at wilton.net> wrote:

>
> I’ve been hearing “ankle-biters” meaning children since the late 1980s
> -----Original Message-----
> From: "Dave Hause" <dwhause at CABLEMO.NET>
> Sent: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 12:05pm
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> Subject: Re: [ADS-L] RES: ankle-biters
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>
>
> I think it actually started with Chihuahuas and similar doglets and
> generalized to other small nuisances.
> Dave Hause
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: David Daniel
> Sent: Wednesday, May 9, 2018 10:46 AM
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> Subject: RES: ankle-biters
>
> Ankle biters are kids, I believe.
> DAD
>
> -----Mensagem original-----
> De: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] Em nome de
> George Thompson
> Enviada em: quarta-feira, 9 de maio de 2018 12:26
> Para: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Assunto: ankle-biters
>
> -
> From an article in the Business section of today's (Wednesday's) NYTimes,
> about plans to include hotels in housing,
> =E2=80=8B =E2=80=8B
> office, restaurant and shopping projects:
>
> =E2=80=9CIf you have a successful mixed-use center with lots of apparel
> sto=
> res,
> you=E2=80=99ll attract tenants and it=E2=80=99s less likely that a
> shopping=
> center will be
> built near you,=E2=80=9D said Ms. Olshan, whose firm expects to open a
> hote=
> l and
> retail development in Boston=E2=80=99s Haymarket district this year.
> =E2=80=
> =9CBut with
> hotels, we=E2=80=99re seeing more and more ankle biters.=E2=80=9D
>
> =E2=80=8BI get the idea here, I suppose, more or less, but the image is
> cer=
> tainly
> strange. Are the ankle-biters unforeseen problems, or =E2=80=8Bforeseen pr=
> oblems,
> or what? I know the expression that something or other "will come back to
> bite him someday". I don't think I've heard is as "come back to bite him
> in the ankle". But then, I'm often out-of-touch.
>
> GAT
>
> --=20
> George A. Thompson
> The Guy Who Still Looks Stuff Up in Books.
> Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
> Univ. Pr., 1998.
>
> But when aroused at the Trump of Doom / Ye shall start, bold kings, from
> your lowly tomb. . .
> L. H. Sigourney, "Burial of Mazeen", Poems. Boston, 1827, p. 112
>
> The Trump of Doom -- also known as The Dunghill Toadstool. (Here's a
> picture of his great-grandfather.)
>
> http://www.parliament.uk/worksofart/artwork/james-gillray/an-excrescence---=
> a-fungus-alias-a-toadstool-upon-a-dunghill/3851
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