Posted by Brian from Shawnee on October 14, 2004
In Reply to: Re: Your mother wears combat boots, (revisited) posted by Bruce Kahl on October 14, 2004
: : : I was thinking of this phrase after watching the U.S. Presidential debates last night. It seemed to be the only thing that the president failed to charge against the senator.
: : : I was trying to think why my mother might wear combat boots if she had ever worn combat boots which to my best knowledge she never has. I concluded that if she had been a camp follower of the lowest sort, willing to trade her favors for anything of value, she might indeed at some time wind up wearing combat boots. Once again, to the best of my knowledge, my mother never engaged in this occupation at any price.
: : : I claim no accuracy for this conjecture, but if it is anywhere near accurate, it would take the phrase out of the non-sequitir category and turn it into real fighting words. This is, after all, my mother we're talking about.
: : Never heard the phrase, so this is conjecture. How about 'your mother is non-feminine', 'aggressively masculine' something like that?
: : DFG
: This phrase was not uttered to another person unless you wanted your ass kicked from here to Cenral Park and back to Brooklyn where this type of mother-bashing was very popular.
: This is a supreme first class insult here in the NYC area.
I had always heard "army shoes" instead of "combat boots". What can I say? I'm from New Jersey. I had the impression it was a "classic" insult by the time I heard it in the 60's. It must date from World War II. These days, someone's mother may very well have bought combat boots at a boutique on Fifth Avenue and paid top dollar for them, but the insult is in the way you say it.