Posted by James Briggs on December 05, 2002
In Reply to: Re: Brit associates? posted by Karl on December 05, 2002
: : "I myself have too few British associates to have heard the word. "
: You never heard of anyone taking a prat-fall? it is certainly not unique to American vaudeville, but it may have reached its peak there.
'Prat' is well known and commonly used in the UK to describe someone who is being stupid about something - as distinct from someone who may be permanently mentally slow. Origin? I don't know, but it's only been in use in this sense since the 1960s.