Dennis Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Thu May 24 12:18:08 UTC 2007


I have imperative "bite my ass" and exclamatory "kick in the ass" but
no fixed phrase "bite on the ass" (although in the mosquito-ridden
Ohio River Valley I suffered many such as a child). Where is this
"bite on the ass" a fixed phrase (and what does it mean)?


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>Subject:      Re: Eggcorn?
>That is, "nip in the bud" + "bite on the ass"?
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>>Date: Thu, 24 May 2007 04:43:10 -0700
>>From: Margaret Lee <mlee303 at YAHOO.COM>
>>Subject: Eggcorn?
>>A couple of day ago on CNN, a former radio talk show host (can't
>>recall his name) who has recently been suspended for offensive
>>language regarding Jews, said in an interview that the powers that
>>be are now trying to nip offensive radio language "in the but(t)".
>>Is this interpretation of "nip in the bud" an eggcorn? I had not
>>heard this use before.
>>   Margaret
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