Night of a Thousand Waterfalls

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Sep 1 18:35:30 UTC 2009

At 11:21 AM -0400 9/1/09, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>I've never heard of this, Scot.  My Google search suggests that it mostly
>means a night of diarrhea from mild food poisoning.

Well, as someone who has undergone double-digit :oscopy preps, I have
to say that the semantic extension in question is fairly well


>FWIW, there is an unpleasant Royal Navy poem, set in China, that commences,
>"In the Street of a Thousand Arseholes...."
>On Tue, Sep 1, 2009 at 10:06 AM, Scot LaFaive <slafaive at> wrote:
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>>  Subject:      Night of a Thousand Waterfalls
>>  I decided to do a little research into the age of this expression
>>  (referring
>>  to the results of one preparing for a colonoscopy) but was surprised to
>>  find
>>  very few hits on Google with the earliest only being a couple years old.
>>  Scot
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