An irish saying that goes "A body can get used to anything, even to being hanged"

J.Anne

Senior Member
Korean
Hi, I wonder what the saying below means.

A body can get used to anything, even to being hanged.
Thank you!
 
  • J.Anne

    Senior Member
    Korean
    Where did you find this saying?
    In a book titled Anne of Green Gables!
    Below are the sentences related.
    To be sure, they seem contented enough; but then, I suppose, they’re used to it. A body can get used to anything, even to being hanged, as the Irishman said.”

    Thank you!
     

    The Newt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    In a book titled Anne of Green Gables!
    Below are the sentences related.
    To be sure, they seem contented enough; but then, I suppose, they’re used to it. A body can get used to anything, even to being hanged, as the Irishman said.”

    Thank you!

    There's a certain dark humor to it, since one can't, of course, get used to being executed by hanging. It sounds more like Samuel Beckett than L.M. Montgomery!
     

    J.Anne

    Senior Member
    Korean
    "A body (= a person) can get used to anything." Then the rest is added as a joke.
    Your mentioning Wellerism helped me as well. I didn't know what it was, but now I know and knowing what it is helped me a lot to understand the sentence. Thank you!!
     

    J.Anne

    Senior Member
    Korean
    I suppose this suggests that it is "Irish logic" - illogical. See this definition of "Irish" In the WordReference dictionary:
    2 (informal, offensive) ludicrous or illogical
    irish - WordReference.com Dictionary of English
    A body can get used to anything, even to being hanged, as the Irishman said.... is the original sentence. I supposed the sentence was an Irish proverb from the context. I'll check out "Irish logic". Thank you.
     
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