Posted by ESC on October 12, 2005
In Reply to: Big old barrel of yucks posted by Monica Martino on October 12, 2005
: What can I understand under "Big old barrel of yucks" said by someone sarcastically?
It would be a variation of "barrel of laughs." Why barrel? I don't know. Maybe from...
FUNNY AS A BARREL OF MONKEYS - "One monkey arouses a great deal of amusement. Two or more then double the interest and amusement. If one were to release a barrelful (barrel full) of monkeys, we must suppose that their antics would become hilariously comical. The expression is common among children." From "2107 Curious Word Origins, Sayings & Expressions from White Elephants to a Song Dance" by Charles Earle Funk (Galahad Books, New York, 1993).