Rings on her fingers, bells on her toes
bkd at GRAPHNET.COM
Mon Feb 21 10:11:15 UTC 2000
From: Bapopik at AOL.COM <Bapopik at AOL.COM>
To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Sunday, February 20, 2000 1:33 PM
Subject: Rings on her fingers, bells on her toes
> Someone asked me about this. Here goes.
> The RHHDAS has "with bells on" from 1899. The phrase is placed in no
>context whatsoever. I first heard the full phrase in a Tony Orlando song,
>"Sweet Gypsy Rose."
That calls to mind a line I read in a Discworld novel (Terry Pratchett).
A working class character in the novel wasn't believing what somebody was
telling him, so he said: "pull the other one, it's got bells on it,"
referring to pulling his leg.
Is this a classic Briticism, or did Terry create this one out of whole
More information about the Ads-l