[Ads-l] RES: ankle-biters

Margaret Winters mewinters at WAYNE.EDU
Thu May 10 09:33:24 EDT 2018


They can’t help being lowdown.

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> On May 10, 2018, at 9:23 AM, W Brewer <brewerwa at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> 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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