Posted by Ward on February 03, 2004
In Reply to: Well heeled/round heeled? posted by ESC on February 03, 2004
: : : : : : : An Irishman described a neighbor with the above..... I didnt ask for a definition. Can you help?
: : : : : : Round heels = promiscuous.
: : : : : There was a biography published last year;
: : : : : A Round-Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance by Jane Juska.
: : : : Or maybe he said "well-heeled."
: : : Which begs the question, why does well-heeled, imply well off or of a well-to-do background. Is there an implication that people with good shoes must be well off?
: : : And is 'round heeled' the same thing?
: : : I've never heard the term 'round heeled' before. Accompanied by the word 'lassie' suggests more Scottish than Irish to me. Have I got that wrong?
: : I've never heard 'round heeled' before. 'Well heeled' implies that the person is able to afford to get his/her footwear repaired with new heels, before the shoes reach a point on no return. Thus, comfortably well off.
: The first time I heard "round heeled" was a New York character in the movie "Norma Rae." He said something like, "What do I care if she has round heels."
: Well-heeled and round-heeled are two different things. I was trying to be amusing.
::: It was appreciated as such. I have no comment on the round heeled part of this discussion, since I have no experience relevant to the topic, but I wanted to add another perspective to the well heeled subject. When one is down on their money and luck, they are said to be downtrodden, or down on their heels.