Posted by ESC on January 26, 2007
In Reply to: Pack of Poo Tickets posted by Smokey Stover on January 26, 2007
: : Pack of Poo Ticket, what does this mean and where does it come from.
: A pack of poo tickets is a roll of toilet paper. Where does it come from? Dunno except for the obvious; it's a clever metaphor.
Believe it or not, this has been discussed and is in the archives. It is used to mean TP but it's origin is:
like a pakapoo/pakapu ticket phr. [1950+] (Aus.) said of anything untidy, complex, incomprehensible. ... [Chinese pidgin _puk-ah-pu ticket_, a form of betting slip used by Chinese gamblers; properly known as _pai-ke-p'iao_, lit. 'white pigeon ticket', it was a small square of paper marked with 80 Chinese characters; the gambler chose some of these, usu. 10, and, depending on how many matched that day's winning combination, would make a small profit for their sixpenny stake]
From Cassell's Dictionary of Slang by Jonathon Green
He had come down early to mark a pak-ah-pu ticket at the Chinaman's in Hay Street. (Louis Stone, _Jonah_, 1911)
Henry opened Dooley's pay-book, the pages of which showed liberal sprinklings of the red ink in which fines and convictions were entered. "What a pay-book!" he sighed. Dooley grinned. "Like a pak-a-poo ticket," he agreed. (Eric Lambert, _The Twenty Thousand Thieves_, 1951)