Thursday, March 22, 2007

inner dork: shit for brains and shut your cake-hole

I'm mixing it up a bit today and combinding the inner dork and word origins together. Why? Because it's my blog and I can, so there.

So without further ado, did you know....

The phrase, "Shit for brains" means, extremely stupid. (No, shit. You shit for brains.) the phrase first appeared in David Maccuish's novel, "Do Not go Gentle" which was first published in 1960. The phrase can be found in this passage, "Larko's got shit for brains."

(ah, fun)

Another popular phrase, "shut your pie-hole" actually originated as, "shut your cake-hole" and means, be quiet. (again, duh.) The phrase first origniated in the UK and is slang dating back to the early 20th Century.
It was widely used in the UK until about 1970s and, although somewhat archaic now, it is still used occasionally. Hunt and Pringle record it in their 1943 reference book Service Slang:

"Cake hole, the airman's name for his or anyone else's mouth."

The later equivalent term 'shut your pie-hole' became popular in the US in the 1980s. It isn't clear if that derives from the 'cake-hole' version or was coined independently.
(Ah, us Yanks, we always have to steal something, change it ever so slightly, and then call it ours.)

...No, no your welcome.


limpy99 said...

hmmmmmmmm, cake.

Party Girl said...

lipmy: mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, pie-hole.