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DJ Mobil

Where did saying "Cut the cheese" come from?

I want history, people. Who came up with it? What year? Alternate meanings? etc...

Cut" has been used in this manner, in various phrases, since the late 1800s. "Cut the cheese" appeared either in the 1950s or between 1965-70, depending on who you want to believe.
CUT THE CHEESE -- Since the late 1800s "cut" in various phrases meant "to expel intestinal gas." 1899 - To cut one's finger, is to break wind. "Cut the cheese" is placed in 1965-70 by this source. "Dictionary of American Regional English," Volume 1 by Frederic G. Cassidy (1985, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., and London, England). Another reference says the phrase "cut the cheese" was used earlier but with a different meaning: 1895 Gore, Student Slang, 17: Cut no cheese. To have no weight or value. From "Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, Volume 1, A-G" by J.E. Lighter, Random House, New York, 1994. A third source says the expression originated in the "Mainstream 1950s." From "Flappers 2 Rappers: American Youth Slang" by Tom Dalzell (Merriam-Webster Inc., Springfield, Md., 1996).
Just for completeness, it must derive from the fact that the rind on some cheese reduces the odour, so that brie or suchlike, once cut is much smellier.

DJ Mobil:

wow, you dyed your hair didn't ya'

btw WTF? LOL


LOL>.is that another YOU??

DJ Mobil:

no, I just found it funny

Jammin John:

wow you know den


If you have ever cut into a chunk of strong cheese, you will know that it sends out a pungent aroma. The phrase became an euphemism for asking who farted when someone smelled a pungent odor.


I think it might have been an original version of Average White Band's... Cut The Cake ;)

DJ Mobil:



From a Frat House!

DJ Mobil:

are you sure ms. 164 iq?


that is 142...
No. Sounds good though :)

Jammin John:

who knows...!


I wouldn't be surprised if it came from France, when they would heat the Brie cheese, and the fumes would come out when they sliced it. Brie is delicious, but the smell is absolutely intolerable.

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