Posing for animal crackers

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Posing for animal crackers

Post by Archived Topic » Sat Apr 17, 2004 7:56 pm

Hey everyone, my sister has been driving me nuts about this one, does anybody know the origin of this phrase?

Thanks.

Robert Villianson
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Post by Archived Reply » Sat Apr 17, 2004 8:10 pm

I am interested in the origin of your name Robert Villianson?

Villein? Villain? Villa? with son poss. Scandinavian.
Poss. Willemson Williamson derivative?
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Post by Archived Reply » Sat Apr 17, 2004 8:25 pm

This is one of my mother's favorite expressions. She would usually say this to one of us kids when we were standing around doing nothing. Example: Don't stand around posing for animal crackers. Gimme a hand with the grocery bags!
I always assumed that she got it from our trips to the zoo where many animals could be seen standing around doing little more than standing around waiting for the possibility of an animal cracker.
I guess it means to do nothing but wait around in the hopes of some reward.
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Post by Archived Reply » Sat Apr 17, 2004 8:39 pm

Wow! That one above is a bit hard to read.
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Post by Archived Reply » Sat Apr 17, 2004 8:53 pm

I know what the phrase means, I'm just curious of the origins of the phrase.
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Post by Archived Reply » Sat Apr 17, 2004 9:08 pm

(-) Well! (read with an indignant tone)I'm sure you're quite welcome anyway! I was attempting, with my cute little anecdote to supply you with at least a guess. I thought I made myself quite clear. It started from experiences with the lackadaisical-but-hungry animals at the frieken zoo and my mother made it popular! *G*
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Post by Archived Reply » Sat Apr 17, 2004 9:22 pm

Perhaps it started with the Marx Bros. Film: Animal Crackers. I suspect it is one of those sayings that spontaneously erupted in society whose origin cannot be traced to a specific person, time or occurrence. I suppose it can only be dated by the advent of the marketing of the the cookies -- sometime around the turn of the 20th century. How old did you say you were c? *G*
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Post by Archived Reply » Sat Apr 17, 2004 9:37 pm

A lady doesn't tell her age.

On the other hand, Christine (like Shay) has never actually said she is one.
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Post by Archived Reply » Sat Apr 17, 2004 9:51 pm

I'm not exactly sure how to read your response Erik. Is my gender in question here as well as my age? Or just the QUALITY of my being, 'lady' being characteristically different from 'woman'?
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