Don't let the door hit you on the ass on the way out

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by Michael, Oct 21, 2012.

  1. Captain Kremmen All aboard, me Hearties! Valued Senior Member

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    You could say:
    "Oh, you're leaving? Well, don't dally in the doorway, because I'm going to slam the door after you,
    and it might bruise your ass or even break an ass-bone if you aren't quick enough."

    How does that sound?
     
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  3. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    No. From the way people used the phrase 50-60 years ago, I got the strong impression that they were talking about a door with a spring. Neither people nor their argot were quite as rude as we are today.
     
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  5. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    Fire regulations. Heavy steel or solid wood fire doors are meant to be kept closed (except when somebody is actually going through them) to prevent fires from spreading quickly through a building.
     
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  7. sideshowbob Sorry, wrong number. Valued Senior Member

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    Most expressions are older than we think. I wouldn't be surprised if Shakespeare used it.

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  8. Fraggle Rocker Staff Member

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    As thou takest thy leave, make haste to avoid the wrath of the door against thy backside.
     
  9. GeoffP Caput gerat lupinum Valued Senior Member

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    That was a counter to Kremmen's proposal. He must be confronted, else he take over all Europe.
     

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