[Ads-l] kick ass; fisherman's luck

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Fri Oct 6 03:38:51 UTC 2017

I posted about this on the Strong Language blog, with full credit to JL for
the discovery.


On Thu, Oct 5, 2017 at 8:52 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> 1862, at  http://altchive.org/private-voices/node/11901:  Old capen
> gilburt
> is doun her doing All he Can to get us to volenter Agan  [Written between
> lines:] I want to kick ass.
> 1864, at  http://altchive.org/private-voices/node/9462: We fish a good
> part
> of our time that is a vary good traid mutch like whare you live we jeneraly
> have fishermans luck a wet ass and hungry gut &c &c
> Something sounds a little off about "kick ass," but I don't know how to
> interpret it except in the current sense.

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