Posted by Victoria S Dennis on November 06, 2005
In Reply to: Whistling for a couple of eternities posted by Leanne on November 05, 2005
: I am trying to find the phrase "whistling for a couple of eternities." It appears in the sentence "He had had enough arrows plowed into him to be whistling for a couple of eternities."
I don't think this is a stock phrase at all. I have never heard of it, and Googling for it doesn't bring anything up. (It's always worth Googling for a phrase, to find out if it is a common one or unique to the text you find it in.)
I think the writer simply meant to say that because this man has been shot by all those arrows he is full of holes, and the wind whistles through holes, so he will now be whistling whenever the wind blows; and he's dead so he will be whistling for eternity; and possibly the writer meant to imply that he had enough arrow wounds to kill him twice over so he will be whistling for "a couple of eternities". Something like that. (VSD)