In Reply to: Re: Snoring like a trooper posted by Smokey Stover on March 29, 2009 at 15:15:
: : What is the origin of "snoring like a trooper"?
: Someone has misremembered "swearing like a trooper." I've never heard "snoring like a trouper," but then, I've never been in the presence of a sleeping trooper.
I used to work with Kentucky state troopers. But they pretty much stayed awake. Anyway, regarding swearing, "the troopers in question were the cavalry, who probably were no more apt to swear than other military men. Nevertheless, they were singled out from the early eighteenth century on, beginning with the unknown author of 'The Devil to Pay at St. James'." "Facts on File Dictionary of Cliches," second edition, edited by Christine Ammer, Checkmark Books, New York, 2006. Page 416.