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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

A Rather Crude Saying

"Ah my dear, he's just blowing smoke up your arse."   Ick.   Of course, this refers to an insincere compliment.  A possible origin for this dates to the late 1700's when it was a common practise for doctors to try to resuscitate a drowning victim by ... you guess it .... blowing smoke, yes, there.  Along waterways the equipment for such a procedure was hung at regular intervals and emergency workers were required to know the locations just as now they are required to know the location of the 'defib'.  What I would like to know is who the genius was who decided it would be a helpful thing to do.  Where DO these ideas come from?
Anyway, pretty useless treatment, and insincere compliments are pretty useless as well.  

12 comments:

  1. I have heard of the origin before. Knowing the origin gives the saying so much more meaning.

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  2. Sometimes knowing where a familiar phrase comes from explains a lot. Other times, like this one, it results in even more head scratching.

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  3. Bring out the bellows! Bring out the bellows! :)

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  4. Seems like an odd place to blow anything for any reason. Sure am glad that died out.

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  5. And we think the world is crazy now!

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  6. You'd think that after a few times of seeing that it didn't help, they would have stopped doing it. Certainly before the phrase entered the language.

    Sometimes it takes society a while to catch on.

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  7. If they ended up blowing smoke out of a person's mouth then I'd guess they were too aggressive with the procedure.

    Seriously I had no idea, it is amazing where our common sayings started.

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  8. I've heard as "blowing smoke out of your rear end"...when some talking about something they didn't know...Coffee is on

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  9. Well, I'd not come across that before!

    All the best Jan

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  10. Wait, what? Whoever thought THAT was a good idea! And how does it relate to an insincere compliment? And they say French is a hard language to learn, with too many idiomatic phrases ... lol

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