doesn't know if it's arseholes or tuesday love

doesn't know if it's arseholes or tuesday

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  • The Anthony Powell citation comes in Chapter 3 of Books do Furnish a Room, but in that context it appears to have nothing to do with drunkenness, despite Bagshaw's fondness for a glass of beer. Rather it seems to imply complete ignorance:

    "As a matter of fact I came across him in the first instance through a small ILP group in India, but Trapnel didn't know whether it was arse-holes or Tuesday, so far as all that was concerned."

    I've been trying for years to find the origin of the phrase, but no-one (including members of the Anthony Powell Society) seems to know where it comes from.

    January 2, 2012

  • I'd cite it but I've got Dance to the Music of Time in three-novel volumes; quite a bit of leafing. the character who says it is Howard Bagshaw, I believe--a drunken publisher.

    July 20, 2009

  • According to madmouth, an Anthony Powellism.

    July 20, 2009