Origin of "Go Piss Up a Rope" and the H. in "Jesus H. Christ"?
January 19, 2004 4:14 PM Subscribe
Excuse me, but can anyone tell me: What exactly is the origin of the phrase Go piss up a rope
? I know it's present in the American South and Midwest, but did it originate elsewhere? Does the phrase occur in other countries? And how exactly does
one piss up a rope
? Does it mean Go climb a rope
(similar to Piss off!
), or literally Go urinate up a length of braided twine
? And, while we're at it, what the hell does the H
stand for in Jesus H Christ
? I've always wondered. [...a little more inside]
posted by Shane to Writing & Language (12 answers total)
Anyone else ever wonder about some of the inane expressions we humans use? Heck, the creative Finns sometimes use the curse Smell your bellybutton! These folks
have some fun theories as to Jesus H, most notably:
Is that his middle name?
(jewish girl here)
As I understand it, H is Horatio. And it's there so you can swear without really swearing. You know.
YOU: (accidentally drowning your new puppy) Jesus H. Christ!
GOD: Okay, what the fuck was that?
YOU: No, Jesus H. Christ. Some other guy. Not you.
GOD: Oh, my bad.
And my dad's a priest. So I know.