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Go forth and multiply

Posted by Frankie on January 18, 2000

In Reply to: Go forth and multiply posted by Barry on January 13, 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.

Where IN THE WORLD did the english hear the words "Go Forth and Multiply" and decided it to mean (as you say) "Go [F-word] off". I'm curious, are there any OTHER bible quotes that mean (in England) "Go [F-word] off". I'd hate to be at a sermon and realize I'm being told off. How about children's nursery rhymes? Any that mean screw you? (get real)