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#1 2006-01-08 22:27:10

Registered: 2006-01-08
Posts: 1

Pith and Vinegar or Piss and Vinegar?

Where does this expression come from and which is correct?



#2 2006-03-06 18:40:20


Re: Pith and Vinegar or Piss and Vinegar?

Pith and Vinegar I’m sure

British people may say that someone is pithy meaning “wild”


#3 2006-03-08 11:30:55

Registered: 2006-03-08
Posts: 9

Re: Pith and Vinegar or Piss and Vinegar?

I am pretty sure it’s “piss and vinegar”, both acidic liquids. Brits do not use pith to mean “wild” – where on earth did that idea come from? Of course the word “pith” has been used for years by comedians because of the similarity to “piss”. I seem to remember a Two Ronnies routine where it was a long-running pun…pith helmets, “are you taking the pith?” etc



#4 2006-08-10 21:19:46

Registered: 2006-08-10
Posts: 2

Re: Pith and Vinegar or Piss and Vinegar?

To be punny, I made a category on my blog entitled “Pith & Vinegar.” The original expression should be piss & vinegar.



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