Posted by Gary Bartram on December 19, 1999
In Reply to: Rabbit, rabbit posted by Susan on December 16, 1999
: Does anyone have information on the phrase "rabbit, rabbit?" It is to be said on the first of the month and, I think, has something to do with wishing luck to the other person if you say it first? I think it originated on a radio station in Chicago (WGN). This would be about 45+ years ago. Thanks!
Here in SW London the phrase "rabbit, rabbit' is used to indicate that a person/persons are gossiping, i.e., talking a lot, seldom listening and in the process of talking saying nothing new, interesting, or informative. A bit like my sister-in-law who has been independently timed by various relatives talking continuously for up to 20 minutes without letting anyone else 'get a word in edgewise'. She eventually stutters into silence after she's repeated herself twice without interruption. She's 32 years old and getting worse, but we are planning to enter her in the first 'rabbit, rabbit' contest that gets set up because we know she'll beat all comers.
I've decided I quite like the phrase 'get a word in edgewise' as it implied that effort was used but no excessive force was applied; quite PC in these liberated days when women are men and men are ingnored.