Posted by Lewis on March 26, 2007
In Reply to: Black as sipe (sype sp?)'s ass posted by Bruce Kahl on March 21, 2007
: : : : Does anyone know the meaning and the origin of "black as sipe (sype sp?)'s ass"
: : : Sipe, or its variant, sype, is a rather rare word, if also an old one. It means water percolating through the soil, or which has so percolated. It usually is pronounced to rhyme with pipe, but as sype-water in the southern U.S. it rhymes with peep.
: : : I have never heard or seen the expression you inquire about.
: : : SS
: : Closest modern sayings I can think of: black as the ace of spades or black as molasses.
: : If the reference is archaic (like Shakespeare/Milton archaic), it could be "black as cypress" or "black as cypress lawn" also spelled cyprus. Cypress/cyprus was a black fabric similar to crape that was often used for funeral attire, etc.
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I know we liked to call the French "les Crapauds" years (200 or so) back, but "crape"?
I think perhaps we are talking "crepe" - either that flat batter pancake, the irregular sole of a shoe or the material.
sorry for writing such crepe!