Posted by Bob on August 06, 2003
In Reply to: "Sat a gee" posted by Bob K on August 06, 2003
: Does anyone know the origin of this phrase? It was used by W.S.Gilbert in the Major General's song in Pirates of Penzance.
"Gee" and "haw" are (were? I've never sat a gee) commands to horses, and "gee" was a nickname for a horse in Gilbert's time. So the Major-General has never ridden a horse.