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Posted by Barney on February 29, 2000

In Reply to: Spit posted by Tomar on February 29, 2000

: Does anyone know the origin of spitting image, or, failing that, spitting distance? How did people start using this phrase?

Can't advise the origin of Spitting Image - it's not the UK satirical programme of the same name. However, I could speculate that 'Spitting Distance' - which means very close to, near even - has its origins in the rather limited distance a human, however well trained or experienced, can propel a quantity of saliva using only a well pursed set of lips and cheeks, a pair of lungs full to overflowing with air and a particularly strong diaphragm to provide the primary motive force.

So there you have it: the best I can offer.