Posted by Victoria S Dennis on December 04, 2005
In Reply to: Stinking Rich posted by poemsgalore on December 04, 2005
: I have searched for this but cannot find it in the forums. I would like to know the origins of Stinking Rich. I have heard that it comes from the practice of rich people being buried inside church, where the stink of their decaying bodies could be smelled. Does anyone know if this is right?
I don't believe this for a minute. It's just a colourful way of saying "disgustingly rich". The phrase "filthy rich", meaning the same as "stinking rich", is in common use in Britain also. (VSD)