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Strap me vitals

Posted by David FG on September 03, 2008 at 18:42

In Reply to: Strap me vitals posted by Andrew Gibson on September 03, 2008 at 18:24:

: I grew up on the Liverpool shoreline. Always when playing "Pirates" somebody would creak the old voiceover [Long John Silver type] rasping "Strap me vitals". Was it a punishment for ill behaving seamen?

It's actually 'stap me vitals'. 'Stap' being, I think, a corruption of 'stop' and 'vitals' being one's vital organs.

So it is simply an exclamation. I seem to remember this subject coming up before...