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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 ? ?To 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.