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A question for the Americans amongst you.
« on: June 05, 2022, 11:50:06 PM »
I've been reading, and enjoying,  an American series of novels, set in Montana.

One phrase that often turns up is someone being told to "Go and piss up a rope."
Occasionally it's a more specific "Go and piss up a picket rope."  This suggests to me it's a saying originating from the years when more people had horses.

Anyone know why telling someone to 'go to hell', or to 'piss off', should be equated with pissing up a rope.  I think it's the specific direction which really puzzles me.

Genuinely curious.


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Re: A question for the Americans amongst you.
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2022, 02:20:49 PM »
I think it has something to do with the difficulty of such a task. It is something that used to be more frequently used. I don't know if there are enough people who don't believe in gravity now, making it less substantial.
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Re: A question for the Americans amongst you.
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2022, 07:25:32 PM »
The current vernacular would be "pissing in the wind".  Wait, no, that's old... I believe "fuck around and find out" is the current iteration.
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