Posted by JoeyCloey on May 30, 2006
In Reply to: "Like a dose of salt through a widowed woman" posted by ESC on May 28, 2006
: : Anyone know what the phrase "like a dose of salt through a widowed woman" means?
: A dose of salts means a laxative. Probably an woman old enough to be widowed would be especially "moved" by salts.
This could be a variation on the phrase "go through her like a packet of salts" which was invented by Barry Humphries in his comic strips "The adventures of Barry Mackenzie" which appeared in "Private Eye" in the 1970s. It was a vulgarism for "to have vigorous and quick sexual intercourse". I don't think that it ever achieved common usage.