Posted by R. Berg on November 05, 2005
In Reply to: To Chris Woodhead posted by ESC on November 04, 2005
: : : : In a recent radio interview a US politician suggested that George Bush should "take him [one of his advisers] to the woodshed".
: : : : What would they be doing there? In the UK woodsheds are just sheds to keep wood in.
: : : : Gary
: : : Webster has woodshed as
: : : "a place, means, or session for administering discipline".
: : : You can take someone way out back in the woods where woodsheds are usually located and beat the crap out of him with his screams of pain unheard by anyone.
: : "To Chris Woodhead" is a similar expression - CW had a very senior position in the British Education system. His name inspired fear in teachers and principals alike.
: : I didn't much care for him myself and I'm not even a teacher.
: : L
: Parents in my part of the U.S. used a switch to punish their children. Did some use a piece of wood? Kind of excessive, I'd think. But maybe the trip to the woodshed was for privacy and for a spanking implement. An example of the phrase in use, when the Monica scandal broke, James Carville speculated that Mrs. Clinton probably took the president "to the woodshed." I'll just bet she did.
One emendation to the explanations above: A woodshed would be located a short way from the house - in the back yard - not way out in the woods.