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  1. Lem G: But Paul, normally you only work on forest fires, and those areas always grew back faster when you were part of the crew.

    P.S. @ Carl Fink – “Arlo” is only in the eye of the beholder. In this case, Paul is holding his well out of sight.

  2. Gargantua did it long before Gulliver.
    Freud’s interpretation is Arlo-tag-worthy.

  3. lazarusjohn, that passage in Gargantua left me wondering forever just what premodern people used for that purpose, in fact.

  4. In some places, such as desert areas without a lot of leaves (and no doubt loads of others), one would use a hand (and then, one hopes, wash/clean the hand). In Arab culture, for instance, traditionally this would have been the left hand, which is why you greet people and eat with the right hand. In other places and times no doubt either hand was used for ablutionary purposes and no taboo attached to using the dirty hand.

    View at Medium.com

  5. For those who didn’t use geese, there were sponges. In ancient Rome, sponges on sticks were provided in rest rooms. Also “sponge” was also a word used as an insult for a very obnoxious person. We have a related term for such a person.

  6. Ah, yes, Gargantua. I can’t think of Rabelais without also thinking of “Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little” in The Music Man.

  7. Given that Paul B. was a famous woodsman, could this have been the origin of the expression “morning w…“?

    […scuffle, sounds of a struggle, and a door slamming…]

    [new voice]: NO!

  8. And from another song in the same show, “Even if you can quote Balzac and Shakespeare and all them other high-falutin’ Greeks!”

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