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What's on the rail for the lizard?

Posted by Lotg (OZ) on August 20, 2004

In Reply to: What's on the rail for the lizard? posted by R. Berg on August 20, 2004

: : : "'What's on the rail for the lizard?'

: : : Anne had many expressions deriving from her Mississippi childhood. This was one I hadn't heard before.

: : : 'Translation?'

: : : 'What are your plans for today?'"

: : : From "Monday Mourning" by Kathy Reichs (Scribner, New York, 2004).

: : ESC, as I've never heard this before, but quite like it, I'm just looking for the original literal meaning... is this based on what desirably dead insect life might be squished on a nice warm railway line for the dining pleasure of a lizard? I'm using my imagination here as you can see, but that's the image conjured up in my mind. Or is it some other kind of rail, or something completely different altogether?

: The U.S. has fence lizards, often seen resting (or maybe they're working, it's hard to tell with a lizard) on wooden fence rails.

Oh OK. Yeah we have those guys too. I wonder if they all belong to the same union??