Like a mackerel

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Mar 5 21:32:19 UTC 2007


At 1:09 PM -0800 3/5/07, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>Is no one else familar with the old cliche' "dead as a mackerel"?
>
>   JL

True enough, and it seems as though other popular
similes include "cold as a mackerel" and "dry as
a mackerel", while "limber as a mackerel" goes
unattested. So all in all it sounds as though the
Pussycat dancer's athleticism around the pole may
have misled Kubicek's interlocutor as to her
relevant "goodness".

LH

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>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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>--Charlie
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>---- Original message ----
>>Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2007 08:51:56 -0800
>>From: Jonathan Lighter
>>Subject: Re: Like a mackerel
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>>"A cold fish," sounds like.
>>
>>  JL
>>
>>neil wrote:
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>>Again, from Loren D, Estleman, ŒStressÂ', 1996
>>[Robert Hale, London, 1997, 54]:
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>>"I dated an erotic dancer from the Pussycat
>>that could fold both feet behind her neck."
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>>"She any good?" Kubiceck asked.
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>>"Like a fucking mackerel."
>>
>>Can someone elucidate that last comment for me?
>>
>>--Neil Crawford
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