Selling woof tickets

Posted by Sauerkraut on December 16, 2001

In Reply to: Selling woof tickets posted by ESC on December 04, 2001

: : I am still learn English. This phrase is from a book. It is something sayed by Africa-America man. The phrase is on page "he is jes' woofin', dat's all". Three of these words are not in dictionery. What is phrase mean? Thank you for help.

: He is just woofing, that's all. 'Woofing?'or 'selling wolf tickets' is another way of saying you're bluffing someone.

: WOOF ?'o threaten by using boastful, strong language' WOOF TICKET? 'A verbal threat, which one sells to somebody; may or may not be real'? Black Talk: Words and Phrases from the Hood to the Amen Corner by Geneva Smitherman (Houghton Mifflin Co., New York, N.Y., 1994)

: I'm guessing that woof is either from the animal (wolf) or from a dog's bark.

I admire your efforts, Kim. English is beyond a doubt one of the most difficult languages to learn, and yet also one of the most expressive. Keep browsing this site. Many good contributors, and much excellent information.