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Re: "sat a gee"

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.