Posted by Word Camel on September 29, 2003
In Reply to: Harry's hind leg. posted by TheFallen on September 29, 2003
: : My mother had dozens of expressions, one of which was, "As tough as Harry's hind leg", used in reference to a particularly tough piece of meat. I assume she learned it from her mother whose background was English.
: I think the Harry in question may well be the Devil, who is liable to have particularly tough and unpalatable hind legs.
: "Old Harry" was one of the many British euphemisms for the Devil, a fact borne out by the eroded chalk formation called Old Harry Rocks just off the Dorset coast in the UK. Legend has it that the Devil laid down for a nap at the top of these chalk cliffs - well, all that evil-doing has to be tiring, I suspect.
Ah ha! So HARRY Potter *is* a ploy perpetrated by the evil one!