"Better to have the camel on the inside ...", mutatis mutandis

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Dec 15 17:44:55 UTC 2013

On Dec 15, 2013, at 9:31 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:

> No, we wouldn't. And remember when a "wise guy" was annoying but ordinarily
> innocuous?  And applied equally to both sexes?
> Now, if you don't say "wise-ass," the little **** don't know what the ****
> you're talking about.
> PS: Somebody mentioned the Food Network's new show called "Cook Your Ass
> Off!" to leading CNN anchor Kate Bolduan (b. 1983) on air.  She said
> offhandedly, "I *love* that title!"
No doubt a cookery competition for recipes involving donkey meat.  The possibilities are, as it were, endless.


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