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Re: Tin horn vs. tinhorn

Posted by Russell Ward on January 17, 2005

In Reply to: Tin horn and cut a pig in the ass and I'd milk her for what she gives posted by Russell Ward on January 15, 2005

By posting my original message I had hoped to find out what a "tin horn" actually was. I was thinking that it might have something to do with an outhouse or a gutter cleaner. "Tinhorn" (not "tin horn") is a word that describes newcomers to the western U.S. when it was still wild. I now think that perhaps that is the intended defintion within the phrase "like shit through a tinhorn" and people like Patton and myself may have simply spelled it differently. "...like shit through a tinhorn" might represent the image of someone who is scared and goes to the bathroom a lot, involuntarily. Another local saying here is "scared shitless". For example, "He was scared shitless when he found himself in the woodshed with that bobcat" - meaning he had gone in his pants until he could go no more.