May 29, by Etyman. Like many people, I have an account on the Facebook social network site. Including me. A recent discussion was on the derivation of the phrase piss poor. The suggested origin went as follows:. They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot, then once a day it was taken and sold to the tannery. A wonderful story but it turns out to have no evidence whatsoever to back it up.
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It seems to be simply the first letter of the word "piss", which was once the common word for urination see the Canterbury Tales. Actually, "microscope" is a word of greek origin. In the modern English dictionary "Pee-Pee" is not a word. However, in modern English lingo, many young children usually under the age of 8 years old refer to the male penis as a "pee-pee", for many young children find the word "penis" embarrassing to say, and also find the word "pee-pee" comical due to it's childish sound.
See more words from the same century. See the full definition for piss in the English Language Learners Dictionary. Spanish Central: Translation of piss. What made you want to look up piss?
Can you offer real clarity? A It certainly might be a folk etymology, except that the piece is in its intention merely a mischievous attempt to deceive its readers. However, as with other tongue-in-cheek suggestions about origins, a grain of truth exists in it. Urine has been widely used in many parts of the world in the preparatory stages of tanning, in particular to help remove the hair from hides before applying tanning agents. Tanners at work, from Microcosm by W H Pyne,