[Ads-l] pound sand up your ass

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Mon Dec 7 15:56:36 UTC 2020

Green's Dictionary of Slang notes an example in a pornographic "Tijuana
Bible" comic book dated to the mid-1930s.

c.1935 Chris Crusty [comic] ‘H°ya honey.’ ‘Aw go pound sand up yer ass!!’.

The "Chris Crusty" comic is viewable here (with "pound sand" on p. 8):


On Mon, Dec 7, 2020 at 10:23 AM Bill Mullins <amcombill at hotmail.com> wrote:

> 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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