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Thread #140115   Message #3219152
Posted By: MGM·Lion
06-Sep-11 - 03:46 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: 'Not a whore in the house...'
Subject: Folklore: 'Not a whore in the house...'
"My God: 11 o'clock already and not a whore in the house dressed" ~

Used particularly by women behind time, according to Nigel Rees and Eric Partridge; to which, Rees reports, correspondents added such locutions as, "and not a po emptied, and the street full of [Spanish/Swedish] sailors."

Neither can give an origin of this formulaic catchphrase-complaint. I bet someone on Mudcat will know. And has anyone any significant variants from above version[s]?