In Reply to: The pits posted by Gabrielle on June 16, 2010 at 18:34:
: Does anyone know the origin of the phrase "This is the pits?"
I was thinking pits as in the depths of despair. But two references say it is pits as in armpits. The expression is "Mainstream 1960s," according to "Flappers 2 Rappers: American Youth Slang" by Tom Dalzell (Merriam-Webster Inc., Springfield, Md., 1996), Page 119. It was first used in the late 1970s, according to "