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Where did "runnin off at tha stomach" come from?

Asked by syz (35649points) February 25th, 2008

We have clients that use “runnin off at tha stomach” to mean diarrhea, “runnin off at tha mouth” for vomiting, and “hasslin” for restless behavior. Are these just ignorant terms or do they have some cultural/ethnic root?

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simone54's avatar

I never heard any of them. Where is this at?

gailcalled's avatar

Traditionally “running off at the mouth” meant (and still means) overtalking or logorrhea. I never heard of the other two expressions being used in common parlance.

“Where is this at” makes no sense to me.

srmorgan's avatar

“Hasslin” derives from hassle, a late 60’s, early 70’s term that generally meant “to bother” or ” to annoy”, as in don’t hassle me, man or quit hassling me, bro. <bro is very sixties, by the way>.

On the other hand, I just realized that you, SYZ, had posted this query and I wonder if the terms are unique to a) the area – we certainly have some curious linguistic expressions in North Carolina, as I have learned or b) some Tarheel phrase used exclusively to describe an animal’s ailments. There might be something to that.

I take it that the “natives” are saying tha instead of the, although you should have a fairly urban clientele up in the Triangle,


simone54's avatar


What are you talking about? Why doesn’t that make sense? Don’t people in different regions of the country speak differently and have different expressions.

gailcalled's avatar

@simone54: Simply put, I don’t understand what you are asking. Certainly, there are local variations of language. I remember my first trip to LA and not having a clue what a po’ boy was. I asked for an explanation then, also.

Where do you live?

simone54's avatar

I don’t understand what you are getting at? I was simply asking where this guy was from to see where this expressions are coming from.

I’m from South Jersey. I live in San Diego.

gailcalled's avatar

Simone: do you notice a difference in the way people speak in SD compared to S. Jersey? (we’re way off-topic, I know, but local speech patterns interest me.)

simone54's avatar

Ha yeah I’ve been told by them I have thick South Jersey accent.

gooch's avatar

@ gail I assume that you know what a poboy is now. But more importantly how did you like it and what kind did you have?Cuz I likes ta eat me sum poboys!

gailcalled's avatar

@gooch; I did finally figure it out, by asking. That trip was in 1978 but I seem to remember shrimp (fried?). Of course, I had been eating them all my life under an assumed name – grinders, hogies, subs. In the NE there is more of an Italian flavor – sliced deli meats, cheeses, peppers, olive oil, etc.

I LOVED the birding and being able to pick a gardenia off a bush and put it behind my ear while in LA.

Radrich's avatar

and when I see LA my mind travels back to Los Angeles. Now in NYC “yous” talkin to “yall” from the south – cool.

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