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  • "'I particularly admire the tall straight cactus,' said Stephen.

    "'We call 'em torch-thistles,' said the master, 'and they have a kind of juice, if you cut them down, that can be drank; but it gives you the wet gripes.'"

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Far Side of the World, 269

    Since I kinda already knew what "gripes" means in this sense, I didn't bother adding it to the Aubrey/Maturin list. But it sure does belong on Specific Excrement.

    February 23, 2008

  • p.s. This makes me wonder if there's such a thing as dry gripes, and if not, the phrase wet gripes is really quite disgustingly redundant.

    April 9, 2008

  • p.p.s. Eeeew!

    April 10, 2008

  • HA!! I almost typed "Yeah, no shit!" HA HA!!!

    April 10, 2008

  • But you did type that.

    *leaving page immediately*

    April 10, 2008

  • I suppose an irritated bowel that led to constipation would be dry gripes.

    April 10, 2008