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Similes For Cold

I'm wondering how commonly known this phrase is, so a quick unscientific LJ poll should satisfy my curiosity. Obviously, the more results, the better, so pimp this poll out to your friends and get them to vote, too.

Poll #423942 Colder than a witch's...

Prior to the references in my blog today, had you heard of the expression: "Colder than a witch's...."?

Yes
35(87.5%)
No
5(12.5%)

Comments

( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
bodnej
Jan. 24th, 2005 02:54 pm (UTC)
Kettle? No.

(since this is a family journal) Ta-tas? Yup.
drmellow
Jan. 24th, 2005 03:04 pm (UTC)
Then change your vote to "yes" -- if you followed the link, you would have noticed that I really was referencing the phrase you have heard. The kettle thing, I made that up.
vspope
Jan. 24th, 2005 03:07 pm (UTC)
Rarely, but yes. It's more of an old person's phrase. Don't think I'd heard it since an old "Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City" episode, though.
tldz
Jan. 24th, 2005 03:09 pm (UTC)
But it's a simile.
drmellow
Jan. 24th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
Thanks, fixed!
yarbiedoll
Jan. 24th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
I had the same thought. :)
drjekyll
Jan. 24th, 2005 03:41 pm (UTC)
I've also heard one "Colder than a well-digger's knees" or something to that effect.
drmellow
Jan. 24th, 2005 04:11 pm (UTC)
"Colder than a well-digger's [butt] in January." is one I've heard before, but not often.
rhiannonstone
Jan. 24th, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
I've always heard, "Colder'n a witch's tits in a brass bra." A few years ago I heard this funny, if ungrammatical, variation: "Colder'n a witch's tits in a brass bra doing pushups in the snow."
meep
Jan. 24th, 2005 08:29 pm (UTC)
My dad used this expression all the time, even when I was little.

Of course, his favorite joke involved a zit-sucking guy and the punchline "Are you trying to make me sick?!", so it was par for the course.
sidelobe
Jan. 25th, 2005 03:35 am (UTC)
Yup. I've known that expression for years, in the longer form that includes improbable uncomfortable undergarments. But, there's another colorful expression for when the mercury falls: "Cold enough to freeze a brass monkey's huevos off." (Yes, that's an euphamism. The real quote is more alliterative.)
ccohoon
Jan. 25th, 2005 03:53 am (UTC)
I heard that "Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey" referred to cannon balls being stacked on something made out of brass and called a monkey. When it got really cold they fell of for some reason. I never really questioned this explanation until just now. A little bit of doubt has now crept in.
sidelobe
Jan. 25th, 2005 04:05 am (UTC)
I think that explaination is crap. Just my humble opinion, mind you. I've heard about a thing called a monkey that was used to stack cannon balls. But there are also ornamental hanging monkey figures, that hang in a chain. Often made of brass. I grew up with some in the house, and even had a set of my own. I tend to think that's what is being described. The brass monkeys I've seen, though, must have already been very cold.
yarbiedoll
Jan. 25th, 2005 06:28 am (UTC)
I can't believe you guys. Your silly debate was enough to make me Google the phrase "brass monkey", at which point I was struck by the absolute absurdity of what I was doing.

Expecting to retrieve about 12,000 copies of lyrics to the Beastie Boys song, I actually came across this link, which you might happen to find interesting.
sidelobe
Jan. 25th, 2005 11:48 am (UTC)
Party pooper :-(
yarbiedoll
Jan. 25th, 2005 12:32 pm (UTC)
You can take or leave that info, as far as I'm concerned. It all sounded like conjecture to me. I just thought you should know I actually spent 5 minutes of my life Google-ing the phrase "brass monkey". It was quite humorous.
docwoodstock
Jan. 26th, 2005 05:33 am (UTC)
or is it TrunkMonkey ????
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