Thursday, December 23, 2010

That's Pretty Much The Attitude

Via Hope n' Change:

I believe this attitude is best described by the phrase, "a handful of gimme and a mouthful of much obliged".

Tangentially, I'm wondering about the orgin of that phrase, and Google is being pointedly unhelpful in that matter.

The first part makes sense. Moochers (of government-brand dole, and otherwise) are obviously big on the "gimme". I'm kinda puzzled by the second part, though. Saying "much obliged" is a minimal verbal courtesy when you're given something. Moochie types aren't usually big on gratitude (see the above comic), so why isn't the expression something like "a handful of gimme and a mouthful of gimme more"?

Or is the point of the expression that moochers want stuff but only want to give words in return for it?

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