UD: [...] 2)_snapping pussy_

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 27 03:23:12 UTC 2012

On Mon, Nov 26, 2012 at 11:25 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
>>There is no such thing as a "snapping pussy."

And *still* writes it. When Richard Pryor and I agree that the term,
"snapping pussy," as used by him in the '60's, we are *not*, in any
sense, trying to dessribe the world as it appears to *white* people in
2012. Except for Pryor's use of the term back in the day, I personally
have no experience with the term at all. Hence, I am in complete
agreement with Pryor that there is no such thing as a "snapping
pussy," just as there is no such thing as a "dick-string" and no term
for what *white* people refer to as a "soul patch.


_bring smoke on_ "shoot"

When I originally posted about this phrase, there was no indication by
anyone here that it was at all familiar. There was only my claim that
I had heard it in 1961, used by "hamburgers" in then-West Germany.
That is, in a certain sense, for readers, this phrase didn't exist. In
like manner, there is nothing in BE to which the terms "dick-string"
and "snapping pussy" refer. In that sense, they don't exist, any more
that "Diphyllobothrium latum" does

American Literature and the Experience of Vietnam - Page 8
Philip D. Beidler - 1982 - Preview - More editions
"Crazy" Somebody-or-Other loved to _bring smoke on_ anything that moved.

Submitted by Ken Smith on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 12:55

The following was extracted from an article written by Nicholas
Sellers entitled “Here’s The Word From Vietnam”, published in the
“Army Times”, Pacific Edition, January 7, 1970. (Note: I take no
responsibility for miss-spellings, punctuation, and
[likewise edited]
Bring Smoke On: To bring smoke on someone is to give him a very hard
time, usually done by a superior in rank to an inferior, preferably by
an unexpected inspection.


UD has, from '06,

3) After a few minutes of exchanging small arms fire with the
hostiles, our forward observer _brought smoke on_ 'em and it was over.

The reference is to the calling down of an artillery barrage onto the
hostiles' position. This moves me to propose the following WAG: this
term originated among cannon-cockers, "The King of Battle," as the
artillery styles itself.. In 1961, my unit shared a location with the
8th Infantry Division, which included artillery.

Of course, there's still only my word that the phrase was in use in 1961.
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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