maberry at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Mon Nov 27 17:38:16 UTC 2000
This might be generational, but I'm not too sure. It seems out here
in the PNW that "tickling one's funny bone" for being amused is the one
that was used or was at least familiar to my generation (and before). I
certainly don't hear it much anymore.
It could be simply regional as most of my family is either from the
Midwest or the South, as were the vast majority of the people grew up
maberry at u.washington.edu
On Mon, 27 Nov 2000, Lynne Murphy wrote:
> > From: Beverly Flanigan <flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU>
> > Ditto for Minnesota. But in southern Ohio I only hear "funny bone" for
> > both elbow and amusing stuff.
> > At 09:53 AM 11/26/00 -0800, you wrote:
> > >Same here, growing up in Portland, OR. I can't recall anyone using "funny
> > >bone" for the elbow.
> > >Allen
> > >maberry at u.washington.edu
> > >
> > >On Sun, 26 Nov 2000, sagehen wrote:
> > >
> > > > >Groing up in the west (N. Cal) the elbow was always a "crazy bone". The
> > > > >"funny bone" was what got tickled when you heard something amusing and
> > > > >laughed, eg: "Bob and Ray really tickle my funnybone!"
> > > > >
> > > > >Ray Ott
> > > > ----------
> > > > Same here, growing up in Nebraska in the thirties & forties. ( Had to wait
> > > > a couple of decades for the effect of Bob & Ray!)
> > > > A. Murie
> I'd never heard of 'crazy bone' before this exchange. I'm wondering if there's
> perhaps a generational divide on this.
> Lynne, who knows Bob ("Bob and Ray") Elliot only as Chris Elliot's father...
> Dr M Lynne Murphy
> Lecturer in Linguistics
> School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences
> University of Sussex
> Brighton BN1 9QH
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