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Re: 'an ass or an elbow'

Posted by James Briggs on February 09, 2005

In Reply to: 'an ass or an elbow' posted by SR on February 09, 2005

: My daughter was complaining about something last evening, and I said to her, "You know, you're never without an ass or an elbow."
: Once I had said it, I realized my own mother used to say that to me some years ago when I was growing up in Ireland. Is it/ was it a popoular saying meaning to complain a lot?

I'm much more familiar with a different version, with a different meanining "you don't know your ass from your elbow", meaning that you're useless in certain respects. I've never heard the Irish version in th UK.