Posted by Ed Stansell on October 24, 2002
In Reply to: Re: "Jerking my Chain" posted by paulus on October 24, 2002
: : Surely it has the same
origin as the
: : British "Pulling my chain", from lavatorial
: : origins. Is yanking the same as jerking anyway?
: Depends on what your doing. :) But very similar, yes. Perhaps Yanking is an Americanization (Yankees).
heard that this phrase came from jerking a dog's chain which is very disturbing
to the dog. Jerking someone's chain is doing something to purposely upset them.
I don't see what plumbing has to do with it.