Posted by Ade on February 06, 2000
In Reply to: Get Your Skates On! - Can anyone else confirm the rather rude origin of this phrase?! posted by Gary Martin on February 05, 2000
: : I was told that this phrase refers to the old practice of sailors, away at sea for long periods & somewhat sexually frustrated, copulating with the skate fish, which has a genital arangement rather like a womans.....
: No, ten out of ten for inventiveness, but that's wrong.
: It just means go fast, as you would when wearing skates.
On what basis do you say it's wrong? The 'wearing skates' answer
is the obvious one
but I was told by a friend the explanation of the fish connection & he had heard it
verified by 2 separate sources - but only verbally, I was just wondering whether it was true.
There must be someone out there who is a 'dab hand' at old marine sayings.........