[Ads-l] pound sand up your ass

Bill Mullins amcombill at HOTMAIL.COM
Mon Dec 7 15:23:26 UTC 2020

A friend and I were discussing the subject phrase.  She did not know the "pound sand up your ass" variant, and thought it was only "go pound sand".

OED has what may be a literal "pound sand" in 1857; a figurative in 1905; and "up your . . ." in 2004.

Here it is, elided, in WW2:

1943 Baton Rouge Advocate 3 Mar 9/6  "That is because it instills a motive to pound sand up the other bloke's back for reasonable cause."

And ever more bowdlerized, in 1908:

1908 St Louis Globe-Democrat 17 Oct (Comic section) 2 "Go pound sand in yer ears"

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