[Ads-l] Heard in an anti-pit-action ad

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Sun Aug 6 18:04:28 UTC 2017

I understood "pit", and I sort of got "action". I repeat, needs context.
"Ad" is in the subject line, but not the text, and I failed to notice it on
my smartphone.

So, I guess it was a deodorant commercial. Funny way to say it, IMO.


On Aug 6, 2017 1:35 PM, "Jonathan Lighter" wrote:

"Pit" = established slang for "armpit."

"Action" = even longer established slang for "goings-on" or even just

"Armpit" = term for "underarm" tabooed by Madison Avenue since at least the
'50s, because it's widely held to be very creepy, like "moist."

On Sun, Aug 6, 2017 at 1:19 PM, Mark Mandel wrote:

> I don't get it. Without context & detail, this could be perfectly normal.
> And I have no idea what "anti-pit-action" is supposed to mean, and had
> less before opening your post. (Auto racing?)
> On Aug 6, 2017 1:59 AM, "Wilson Gray" wrote:
> _armpits_
> instead of "underarms."
> Youneverknow.

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