Light in the Loafers

Miller, Jerry jmiller at FRANKLINCOLLEGE.EDU
Sun Aug 12 06:36:52 UTC 2001

If my memory is any good at all, I am fairly sure Johnny Carson (who did a
lot to nationalize the phrase, I think) was using it well before '89.

Jerry Miller
Franklin College

 -----Original Message-----
From:   Jesse Sheidlower [mailto:jester at PANIX.COM]
Sent:   Saturday, August 11, 2001 11:50 AM
Subject:        Re: Light in the Loafers

> Been seeing the phrase "a little light in the loafers" as a euphemism for
> gay lately. Is this new? And how come this phrase?

HDAS has an entry for this, with the earliest for this form being 1989,
though there is a "light on the feet" from 1970 and a "lightfooted" a
bit earlier than that.

Jesse Sheidlower

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