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Old 12-04-2002, 10:18 PM
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Whore bath?

Many moons ago I heard this phrase. Apparently, if one washes one's upper torso while standing at a sink, one is taking a "whore bath". I can understand the meaning.

Has anyone else heard this phrase? Any ideas as to it's first usage?
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Old 12-04-2002, 10:25 PM
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I've heard it before, and it was explained that it's the only type of bath for which a prostitute might have time between clients.
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Old 12-04-2002, 10:59 PM
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The first time I "heard" it I actually read it, in a novel. I forget the title and author, but it was about some people putting on a passion play in Texas somewhere. I took it for Texas slang, but of course I'm probably wrong.
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Old 12-04-2002, 11:16 PM
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Mike Myers uses it (the phrase, not the bath) in the first Austin Powers movie.
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Old 12-04-2002, 11:29 PM
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My understanding is that it is washing the undercarriage (and perhaps the underarms) with a washcloth at the sink- cleans the stinky parts without too much fuss.
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Old 12-04-2002, 11:33 PM
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Re: Whore bath?

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Originally posted by Mr. Blue Sky
Many moons ago I heard this phrase. Apparently, if one washes one's upper torso while standing at a sink, one is taking a "whore bath".
Not the upper torso, exactly -- at least according to this source (my quick Google search failed to turn up an authoritative etymology):

http://hairytongue.com/glossary/atoz.php3?letter=W
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Old 12-05-2002, 02:35 AM
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I use the phrase whore bath all the time
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Old 12-05-2002, 08:43 AM
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I grew up in an era when Polish jokes were all the rage. There is probably a thread about the reasons for this somewhere in the SDMB archives.

Anyway, when growing up, this practice was always referred to as a "Polish Shower".
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Old 12-05-2002, 09:05 AM
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My mother-in-law, a very proper lady, surprised me one day when she called this a "PTA bath."

PTA = Pussy, Tits, Armpits.
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Old 12-05-2002, 12:24 PM
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My understanding of the term has always been that it was a dousing in perfume or cologne rather than anything to do with soap and water.

YMMV.

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Old 12-05-2002, 12:36 PM
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Originally posted by urban1z
My understanding of the term has always been that it was a dousing in perfume or cologne rather than anything to do with soap and water.

YMMV.

Bob
Please don't use that acronym following a sentence such as that. It's too easy to read as YUMMY.

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Old 12-05-2002, 02:51 PM
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Dousing with perfume or cologne is known as a Puerto Rican shower where I'm from ( NJ ).
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Old 12-05-2002, 02:56 PM
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Re: Whore bath?

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Originally posted by Mr. Blue Sky
Many moons ago I heard this phrase. Apparently, if one washes one's upper torso while standing at a sink, one is taking a "whore bath". I can understand the meaning.

Has anyone else heard this phrase? Any ideas as to it's first usage?
I've also heard it more delicately referred to as a "birdbath."
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Old 12-05-2002, 05:23 PM
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Quote:
Originally posted by Spiff
My mother-in-law, a very proper lady, surprised me one day when she called this a "PTA bath."

PTA = Pussy, Tits, Armpits.
If I didn't know I wasn't married - I'd have to wonder if you meant MY mom! She (very stiffly proper) said this one day too. Must be something taught in those Catholic schools...
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Old 12-05-2002, 07:17 PM
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We used to call Speed Stick and Drakkar Noir an Italian shower!
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Old 12-05-2002, 07:19 PM
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This was called a "spit bath" in my family, but I was raised in an Anabaptist sect, so certain types of ladies and language were not part of our vocabulary. Oh...how far I've come. Grin.
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Old 12-05-2002, 09:34 PM
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Perfume-dousing is called the "Spanish bath" in my country. This is funny, everybody thinks somebody else stinks.
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Old 12-06-2002, 12:50 AM
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The whole perfume-or-cologne-instead-of-bathing trick is referred to around here (Maryland) as either a "Italian Shower", or, more racially toned, "Boofer Bath".

"Boofer" is a derogatory term for African-American.
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Old 12-06-2002, 08:33 AM
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Where I grew up, peeing into the wind was caled a Polish Shower.

As for the OP, I've heard/read the phrase so many times, I wonder if it isn't from very long ago. Maybe as old as the word "whore" itself.
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Polish shower defined as peeing into the wind!!?? Hysterical, and I'm a Warsaw Warrior.
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