Posted by ESC on January 30, 2003
In Reply to: Give a Monkey's posted by James Briggs on January 29, 2003
: : Origin of the phrase "couldn't give a monkey's" ?
: : A monkey's what? Is it rhyming slang perhaps?
: : Thanks
: : Jon
: I believe it to be just another case of choosing an animal to illustrate a point - eg 'sick as a parrot', 'dog-tired'. The example is particularly crude, because I've always understood that there's a missing word, indicating that things are so trivial as to be not worth caring about. 'I don't give a monkey's f**k'.
I thought it was "a monkey's butt," from the "I don't give a rat's a**" genre.