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Blowing smoke...

Posted by ESC on August 30, 2007

In Reply to: Blowing smoke... posted by Carrie on August 30, 2007

: I have always wanted to know how the phrase "blowing smoke",(and for anyone easily offended I will not mention the orifice where it is usually said to be blown) has come to mean complimenting someone. I was happy to find this site, but still, I cannot find this particular phrase. Where in the world did it come from??

There have been previous discussions. (Archives: "blow smoke.") Two theories -- from "smoke and mirrors" as in magic/illusion. And from tobacco enemas. Whatever that is. Anybody got any more ideas?