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Re: The 60's?

Posted by Karl on December 06, 2002

In Reply to: Re: Brit associates? posted by James Briggs on December 05, 2002

Then perhaps itr is an American idiom? People have been taking pratfalls since at least between the wars.

No, I don't suspect this is the origin, but I do suspect that it has been in use longer than the last 40 years.

A pratfall is a fall to the floor landing on the ass.

Ass has been common for a dolt or dullard or fool since at least Shakespeare's time.