Desert my foot

Discussion in 'English Only' started by ktm, Jun 8, 2008.

  1. ktm Senior Member

    Can anyone explain the meaning of the exclamation "Desert my foot!" in the context as follows:
    Another time we had two girls and a driver and they did classical and other dancing - again with a background of firing and all the lads thought them super and they even did the striptease act 'Seven Veils'!. My wife would write and say she had heard on the radio some comic that made her feel close to me since he was just back from entertaining the troops in the desert. Desert my foot! The big names never got nearer us than the snooty Officers' Clubs on the Nile - till after Tripoli fell.
  2. Trisia

    Trisia mod de viață

    Hi, you'll find an explanation for "my foot" in this thread:

    Logic, my foot.

    Also, from The Free Dictionary:
  3. bibliolept

    bibliolept Senior Member

    Northern California
    AE, Español
    Note the comma in the "Logic, my foot!" sentence. I would also use it in the sentence you quoted: "Desert, my foot!" simply because it make make the expression more understandable to some readers.
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2008
  4. ewie

    ewie Senior Member

    This septic isle!
    NW Englandish English
    Also rendered as My eye! (and, going a bit downmarket: My arse!)
    Personally I wouldn't use a comma with this phrase: there's no pause at all between the two elements.
  5. Brioche

    Brioche Senior Member

    Australia English
    No pause? My arse!
  6. ewie

    ewie Senior Member

    This septic isle!
    NW Englandish English
    :DWell, there isn't when I say it, Brio.

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