"It's alive!"

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Tue Feb 7 15:25:33 UTC 2006

Wilson Gray wrote:
> 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!"

That last expression appeared in a recent episode of "Veronica Mars",
in the mouth of a smarmy private investigator. FWIW.

Jim Parish

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

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