Like a mackerel

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Mar 6 00:42:09 UTC 2007

At 5:42 PM -0500 3/5/07, RonButters at AOL.COM wrote:
>  (JI'm amazed that no one else seems familiar with the vulgar
>American idiom,  (B
>  (JFUCK LIKE A MACKEREL, i.e., 'copulate enthusiastically and in a
>way that offers  (B
>  (Ja man great pleasure." I have never heard this used of men (except gay  (B
>  (Jbottoms), but I recall it from my youth in Iowa. I assumed it
>derived from a  (B
>  (Jreputation among those who know makerel well that they are ardent
>sexual cratures. So,  (B
>  (Jfor me, the line means much what it would have for Shakespeare if
>it had  (B
>  (Jreferred to sparrows rather than mackerel. (B
>  (JI don't find it using a Google search, however. So maybe the
>idiom is fast  (B
>  (Jbecoming dead as a door knob or whatever. (B

Yeah, I think between them the minxes and bunnies have cornered that
particular market, leaving the mackerels out there in the cold.


P.S.  What are those peripheral (B...(J s doing, Ron?  Something
subliminal going on here?

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