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  •  Wow Shrike, time for a lesson in semantics... (6+ / 0-)

    Take out the modified subject and you'll see that I am saying "Hang them out to dry". It's a reference to the old days of the Maytag automatic or really semiautomatic washing machine.

    It's possible that you're younger than me and that you've never seen a clothesline. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and a quick tutorial.

    The Maytag clothes washer was used before the days of dryers. You had a tub that you dumped your clothes into, added soap and water. Turn it on and watch the motor turn the belt and agitate the whole mess. Once done, drain the tub, refill with clean water, and agitate again. Drain a second time. The clean water is your rinse cycle.

    Now, you get to "Run it through the wringer" (Ever hear that phrase or something similar?). At the top of the washer is a contraption that looks like a pair of rolling pins and a hand crank or motor hook up on later models. This is the wringer. You take each article of clothing and run it through the rollers in order to squeeze out the excess water.

    Once the laundry is washed, you "Hang it out to dry". Most people hung their laundry out in the backyard on a clothes line to dry. The neighbors could see the laundry, including lingerie and other sexy items. Many a housewife covered her naughties with sheets in order to hide them from the neighbors.

    So, the phrase, "Hang 'em out to dry" was incorporated into slang to mean: exposing a person or group to show what they really are or what they stand for. Thus having absolutely nothing to do with any gallows. Although If I had a gallows in the back yard, there would be clothes lines attached to it as we dry outside during warmer weather.

    Incidentally, the Maytag was responsible for another piece of slang: Getting your tit caught in the wringer. These machines came out in the 20's and 30's. They were still making them into the late 50's or 60's. Safety was not a concern back then. However, many a housewife might wear a house dress while doing the laundry. Chances were good that a bra was not worn under the house dress. If the housewife put herself too close to the wringer while feeding it.....Do I need to go further or are you starting to get it? ;-)

    So to get one's tit caught in the wringer was a very bad situation. Kids found ways to get their fingers and arms caught too. I'm sure that many a country doctor found himself setting bones and attending to other emergencies due to the Maytag washer.

    To make you feel better, I just dropped some coin to the ACLU. Illinois is looking good for same sex marriage right now. Might as well help it along. The Illinois ACLU is in the forefront on this one. Go team Blue!!!!

    While not all republicans are bigots, all bigots are republicans.

    by Maximilien Robespierre on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 07:21:51 PM PST

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    •  Fair enough. thanks for the reply. (0+ / 0-)

      The ACLU put the "liberal" idea in me.  I support the good cause too.

      "The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason." - Thomas Paine

      by shrike on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 07:28:13 PM PST

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