A guy with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth like that would probably accuse an uninformed person of not knowing shit from Shinola. This would be under his breath so you would only actually hear the ‘ola’ part because he was a gentleman, if an opinionated one.
I thought about the many times I heard that phrase from my dad, a tough guy. Not a big guy or a muscular guy but tough the way that working in a commercial laundry for 10 cents an hour during the Depression would make a person. He was a guy who did what he had to do as we love saying now, especially since we rarely have to do anything as hard as slinging fifty pounds of wet sheets around all night long.
My dad had other phrases he used all the time but two of my favorites are “Live and let…
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