Off the porch

Posted by Sharon M. on October 10, 2005

In Reply to: Off the porch posted by ESC on October 08, 2005

: : Recently I received a letter from a cousin who used an expression I am unfamiliar with; it was something like "I too piss off the porch at sunset." I've never heard it before and wondered if it is indeed a colloquialism, or if my cousin just invented it. Could you help me?

: I don't know what it means. Maybe that he is common folk. Referring to the time before indoor plumbing when it was more convenient to wee off the porch before going to bed rather than go to the outhouse?

I found a weblog entry discussing the custom of country boy pissing off porches. It might explain the idea behind the practice in general or else hint at the mood of the verbal expression emenating from the action:

"29 August 2004 - Peeing Off the Back Porch
I grew up in the country.

One of the benefits of this, for me and my three brothers, was that we could pee anywhere we wanted. If we got the urge - no matter where we were - we'd just pull down our pants and take a whizz.

To the best of my knowledge, this is a luxury not enjoyed by city boys.

Best of all, we could pee off the back porch. Even if the bathroom were free, even if the bathroom were closer, even if there were no reason to pee off the back porch, we'd often choose to do so anyhow".

This is only an excerpt. To read the entire entry, please follow the link I posted below.

I hope it helps some.

~ Sharon M.