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#1 2006-01-09 03:27:10

Alienmiki
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Pith and Vinegar or Piss and Vinegar?

Where does this expression come from and which is correct?

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#2 2006-03-06 23:40:20

Jeff
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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 16:30:55

ukexpat
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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

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#4 2006-08-11 01:19:46

htillberg
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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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