a big ’ole sack of it

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Senior Member
I don't get the part in bold. Is it some kind of slang?

"I know “professional” historians like to talk about how Yonkers represented a “catastrophic failure of the modern military apparatus,” how it proved the old adage that
armies perfect the art of fighting the last war just in time for the next one. Personally, I think that’s a big ’ole sack of it."

excerpt from World War Z, by Max Brooks
  • Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    I read it as a shortening of "a big old sack of shit," where "shit" refers to "bullshit" (exaggerated or foolish talk; nonsense ... from our dictionary).

    "A big old sack of" means a lot of.


    Senior Member
    English - US (Midwest)
    The apostrophe at the beginning of 'ole makes it appear that a letter or two has been left off - it should be hole or whole. However, I agree with Copyright that it's meant to be old. I would write it as ol' (marking the D that has been omitted) or ole.
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