[Ads-l] ankle-biters

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Thu May 10 16:31:26 EDT 2018


Here's a link to a five year old article using ankle-biter in a business
context:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/economaney/2013/03/24/the-ankle-biter-economy-rises/

On Thu, May 10, 2018, 4:26 PM Mark Mandel <mark.a.mandel at gmail.com> wrote:

> But that doesn't preclude an extension to a meaning like "small-time
> competitors" or "nuisances", as somebody suggested.
>
> Mark
>
>
> On Thu, May 10, 2018, 10:53 AM George Thompson <george.thompson at nyu.edu>
> wrote:
>
> > So, "ankle-biters" are children.  I can't argue against the evidence,
> > though I don't recall even being bitten on my ankle by one.  "Toe-biters"
> > (their own toes) I could see.
> > But the statement was  “But with hotels, we’re seeing more and more ankle
> > biters."   “But with hotels, we’re seeing more and more children"?
> Doesn't
> > quite fit.
> >
> > GAT
> >
> >
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