I'm not talking about Brad Pitts' adopted children here, nor the La Brea Tar Pits in L.A., nor Madona's hairy armpits, nor the fact that I got voted off Knucklehead's BlogOff. (By the way, many thanks to those of you who voted for me and kept me in the competition through the second round.)
I'm talking about a lawsuit filed by Rep. Dennis Kucinich in Superior Court in Washington, D.C. against the House cafeteria. It's an indication that our government is in the pits!
"The use of “the pits” to mean the worst and most unpleasant instance of something, however, has its source a bit closer to home. “Pits” in this sense is simply short for “armpits,” long considered an unpleasantly aromatic region of the human body. From originally meaning literally “stinky armpits,” the phrase broadened to describe anything that metaphorically stinks. As American Speech, the journal of the American Dialect Society, explained in 1965, “This is a slang abbreviation of the term armpits, … with an extension of meaning to entail the idea of body odor (’He’s got the pits’) or, more broadly, something unpleasant (’It [the party] was really the pits’)."
source: The Word Detective
In April of 2008, Rep. Kucinich purchased a sandwich from the Longworth office building cafeteria. It turned out to be a "bad wrap." It contained an unpitted olive on which the congressman allegedly broke a tooth amd "suffered oral damage." Damage, apparently to the tune of $150,000. Well, you know how these lawsuits go; "for damages, pain, suffering and lost enjoyment." Amazingly enough, the "pain and suffering" were not severe enough to prevent him from delivering a speech on the House floor 5 days after the olive chomping incident.
Click here to see a short video of Anderson Cooper relating the details.
I am such a dumdum! Three years ago, I bit into a lollipop from a candy dish at my bank and broke a tooth. The repair cost around $3000, of which my dental insurance from my employer paid half. I could have sued my bank! I had to make several trips to the dentist, suffer through the gagging experience of having an impression made of the broken tooth, AND I've lost my lollipop enjoyment! I haven't dared to eat a DumDum lollipop since. I used to be a sucker for those! Another opportunity lost!