[Ads-l] RES: ankle-biters

W Brewer brewerwa at GMAIL.COM
Thu May 10 09:22:20 EDT 2018


Rugrats are no-good, lowdown ankle-biters

On Thu, May 10, 2018 at 10:16 AM, Mark Mandel <mark.a.mandel at gmail.com>
wrote:

> 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
> > To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> > Subject: Re: [ADS-L] RES: ankle-biters
> >
> >
> >
> > 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
> > To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> > 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
> > <http://www.parliament.uk/worksofart/artwork/james-
> gillray/an-excrescence---=a-fungus-alias-a-toadstool-upon-a-dunghill/3851>
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