Wednesday, October 29, 2008

I'm just here to serve

I just learned the most interesting thing, and I have to share it with you because, well, far be it from me to keep my wisdom to myself.

A co-worker was just telling me this story in which his normally very straight-laced wife blurted out to her teenage son, in a moment of frustration, "I'm not just blowing smoke up your ass!" Well, this boy had never heard this expression before and was dually mortified; that his sweet mother had said such a thing and really? Just what the hell did that mean, anyway?

So my co-worker did what any other red-blooded person living in the 21st century would do: he googled it. Here is what he came up with, courtesy of Urban Dictionary:

Most literally translating to "trying to get a reaction" out of somebody. Originated from a 16th century technique to determine death by literally blowing tobacco smoke into someone's anus via a long pipe. A reaction indicated that the person was still alive.
You're welcome.


Anonymous said...

Wow, I feel so much smarter...thank you! Can't wait to use it and by golly I just hope they ask me what it means! Sheri

jpogue said...

I know what you mean, but no one will ask. We'll just have to act like Cliff Clavin from Cheers and give them an explanation whether they want it or not!

Dee said...

Obviously, it got the hoped for reaction from the teenager.
That isn't what I thought it meant--somehow I thought it meant "I'm not lying to you". or "I'm not shinin' ya on".

Fancy Schmancy said...

I also thought it meant something like, "I shit you not". Which would make more sense, given the definition.

Robyn said...

I feel enriched. Thanks!

Fancy Schmancy said...

I tagged you for a meme, if you're up for it. Check my newest post.