October 19, 2004

Spiced Ham Email

I got the following email from someone who's name looked vaguely familiar and so I opened it. The subject line was simply "hey". It had a link to a website which I shall not reproduce here and above the link, the following suggestion:

"drop the hammer on the next bitch you lay it to. . ."

I have no idea what it really means, and I'm too chicken to click on the link, but it sounds so tough. Maybe the author is overcompensating for latent homosexual feelings?

Posted by Random Penseur at October 19, 2004 01:42 PM

Drop the hammer? Is that what it's called these days???

Posted by: Mick at October 19, 2004 02:51 PM

Actually, the term has a long heritage. Mike Hammer, private eye, for instance. Or why do you think they (at least allegedly) call Tom DeLay "The Hammer"?

Posted by: John Bruce at October 19, 2004 03:05 PM

I actually kind of thought "dropping the hammer" meant to shoot someone. Do they really call DeLay the hammer?

Posted by: RP at October 19, 2004 04:16 PM

I think this was an accusation by the Democrats during the 2002 race, to show what an unpleasant character DeLay was. They apparently took it to mean that DeLay would hammer Republicans who didn't toe the line. But if they call someone a hammer, that may not be the only connotation. I've also heard it referred to, in judicial contexts, as a groin gavel.

Posted by: John Bruce at October 19, 2004 05:59 PM

LMAO!!! Groin gavel? Really? Where, in the history of mankind, did anyone say that with a straight face? I know some judges. . . .. ANYWAY.

And on a related and more serious note (to hopefully help younger men, everywhere): Honey, if you're trying to knock the bottom out of it, you're, a) going to get tired faster, and b) not exactly going to ensure the enjoyment of your partner. There's a time and a place for everything. Use that particular move sparingly.


Posted by: Margi at October 19, 2004 06:36 PM

Let's just say you wouldn't find the expression "groin gavel" in a law review article.

Posted by: John Bruce at October 19, 2004 07:09 PM

I'm young and even I don't have any clue what the deuce that's supposed to mean. Maybe since I'm 20 now they stopped sending me memos on the new lingo.

Posted by: Andrew Cusack at October 19, 2004 07:37 PM

"Drop the hammer" could easily be a euphemism for the dreaded performance problem that strikes some men on occasion (though not myself, of course - I let loose with both barrels whenever duty calls ;-)

"It was going great, I was really giving it to her but then I dropped the hammer. She said it was okay, that it happens to everybody sooner or later, but it was still pretty embarrassing."

Posted by: Jim at October 19, 2004 09:35 PM

Maybe it's some sort of mysoginistic reference to putting women in their place "Lay it to her" maybe means slapper her around.

Of course maybe I'm reading too much into it, it could mean how to get life back in your johnson after smoking too much crack.

Posted by: Oorgo at October 20, 2004 12:32 PM

If, in the immortal words of John Lennon, happiness is a warm gun, bang-bang, shoot-shot, then the meaning of dropping the hammer (puerile though it may be) does take on the intended meaning. Of course, in order to shoot most gun (at least older ones) the gun had to be cocked first. Of course, many men who consider themselves to be gunslingers of this sort do tend to have itchy trigger fingers, so to speak, and have been known to dischrge their firearms a bit prematurely . . . hence the expression shooting oneself in the foot. In some dueling circles it is more polite to have ones 'opponent' discharge their weapon before you discharge ones own.

Having now fulfilled my quota of mixed metaphors, inapproriate similes, etc. for the month, I now retire.


Posted by: ivan at October 20, 2004 01:38 PM

Okay, Ivan, that had me laughing out loud.

I was reminded some time late last night of "Full Metal Jacket" you know, the Marine boot camp chant:

This is my rifle, this is my gun;
This is for shooting, this is for fun.

Sorta gives new meaning to going off half-cocked, don't it?

Okay, I'm going, now. Heh.

Posted by: Margi at October 20, 2004 03:04 PM

By the way RP,
good idea NOT to open any of those e-mails.

[And thank you Margi]

Posted by: ivan at October 20, 2004 04:01 PM

Hi, Penseur ~ I like your take on this! Not a "I'm so sick of spam" but guarded curiosity.

Posted by: emily at October 22, 2004 06:36 AM
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