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Go forth and multiply

Posted by Barry on January 13, 2000

In Reply to: Go forth and multiply posted by Glenn on January 12, 2000

: : Biblical it is:

: : Noah's flood----Genesis 6 to 8

: : And so it was to be, that after the waters receded, Noah commanded all
: : the animals to "Go forth and multiply."

: Wow, quick response - thank you.

: : The ark quickly emptied, except for two small snakes, who stayed behind.
: : When Noah asked them why, they replied, "We can't multiply. We're
: : adders."

: : Noah, being the resourceful man he was, immediately got busy cutting
: : down trees and building a large table with the unfinished lumber
: : therefrom.

: : And he saw that it was good.

: : The snakes were overjoyed when Noah picked them up and placed them on
: : it. Noah and the snakes both knew that even adders could multiply on
: : a log table.

: Ha ha! You are a wordsmith of the highest order (purple belt). I bow to your superior plagarism ;-)

Here in London SW1 it has a more profane meaning. To tell someone to 'Go forth and multiply' is to tell them, in a polite way, to '[F-word] off'. It may be considered rude but, there you go, it's widely used hereabouts so I thought you ought to be fully informed.