Like a mackerel

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Mon Mar 5 21:09:20 UTC 2007

Is no one else familar with the old cliche' "dead as a mackerel"?


Charles Doyle <cdoyle at UGA.EDU> wrote:
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It would be useful to know whether it's desirable or opprobrious for a woman to be a "mackerel"!


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>Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2007 08:51:56 -0800
>From: Jonathan Lighter
>Subject: Re: Like a mackerel

>"A cold fish," sounds like.
> JL
>neil wrote:
>Again, from Loren D, Estleman, ŒStress¹, 1996 [Robert Hale, London, 1997, 54]:
>"I dated an erotic dancer from the Pussycat that could fold both feet behind her neck."
>"She any good?" Kubiceck asked.
>"Like a fucking mackerel."
>Can someone elucidate that last comment for me?
>--Neil Crawford

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