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Re: Brass Monkeys

Posted by Mr Ri on May 09, 2003

In Reply to: Re: Brass Monkeys posted by ESC on May 08, 2003

: : Have come across the nautical origin of this phrase which seems to be well de-bunked as an'urban myth' but where does this peculiar phrase originate?
: : 'Cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey.'

: We've wooled this topic around pretty good over the years. (Search the archives under "brass" to access some discussions.) I don't think we ever came up with a definitive answer.

I thought we concluded that it derived from a religious order and the Brass Monk's Keys.