Posted by TheFallen on October 14, 2004
In Reply to: Fag-paper? posted by Bookworm on October 14, 2004
: : : : : Which is preferred?
: : : : : She was fast asleep!
: : : : : or
: : : : : She was sound asleep!
: : : : : We have divided opinions here and would appreciate any and all input.
: : : : I hadn't thought of this before but I think, "fast asleep" is that she's fully asleep.
: : : : "Sound asleep" implies she's in a deep sleep.
: : : : The difference if there is any is very slight so I'd think either way of saying it would do.
: : : I haven't given it any thought until now either. I am not sure, but I think I probably use them very much interchangeably - no doubt I will now be shown to be unspeakably sloppy!
: : 'fast' is used in the sense of 'tightly' or 'resolutely' (think 'fastened') - and 'sound' is being used in the sense of 'solid' or 'reliable' - there is not a fag-paper of difference between the usages when applied to sleep (IMO).
: : both are entirely acceptable meaning completely asleep.
: : I like 'comatose' myself.
: : zzzzzz.
: What is the meaning and origin of that? It sounds derogatory.
Fag is Brit slang for cigarette... therefore "fagpaper" = "roll your own" cigarette paper - think Rizlas here. "Not a fagpaper of difference" = hardly any difference, since fagpaper is so thin.