Dennis Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Thu May 24 12:57:39 UTC 2007


Yes; I have this "biter bit" longer form, but I require the
preposition "in" (not "on") in it. For me, a "bite on the ass" is
literal (and itches or is an indication of very rough sex play).


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>I was thinking of a longer expression denoting that something (an
>caustic remark, a practical joke, a shady business maneuver, maybe
>even a well-intended deed) might "come around (or back) and bite you
>on the ass." A formulaic version of the old "biter bit" motif.
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>>Date: Thu, 24 May 2007 08:18:08 -0400
>>From: Dennis Preston <preston at MSU.EDU>
>>Subject: Re: Eggcorn?
>>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
>>>That is, "nip in the bud" + "bite on the ass"?
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