"It's alive!"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Feb 7 14:59:26 UTC 2006

On one  of today's local versions of the Jerry Springer Show, a member
of the audience used the exprssion,

"You got to bring ass to get ass!"

This is the first time that I've heard this "in the wild" [love that
phrase! congrats to whoever thought it up!] since I was in the Army in

If the meaning is not obvious, it means to say that you can't get
something for nothing. The National Lampoon once put it this way:
"Ass, grass, or gas. Nobody rides for free!"

-Wilson Gray

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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