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.