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16th-Mar-2013 09:08 am
Charlie dancing
The extra cookie goes to quickreaver for investigating this mystery and getting an answer from Perry Battista:


That artwork is awesome. Hee...the place even has a hot tub!

What's the meaning do you think? I mean...there's gotta be a meaning right? Situations often have the boys over a barrel - so I suppose it could be a reference to that.

Woot! I am ridiculous happy about this. Fans rock. The crew of SPN rock!
16th-Mar-2013 09:08 am (UTC)
Aw! The SPN crew are the BEST. And this is what I found...

Over a barrel

Helpless, in someone's power.

over a barrelThis is an American phrase and first appeared in the mid-20th century. It is supposed that it alludes to the actual situation of being draped over a barrel, either to empty the lungs of someone who has been close to drowning, or to give a flogging. Either way, the position of helplessness and in being under someone else's control is what is being referred to.

The first reference to the phrase used with that meaning that I can find is rather later than might be expected - 1938. That's in a cartoon from the Pennsylvania newspaper The Clearfield Progress.

The cartoon writer's colloquial use of the phrase and the lack of any explanation of it implies that that the audience was expected to be familiar with it. Given that, we may yet find an earlier citation.

In the following year Raymond Chandler made what appears to be an punning reference to the phrase, in The Big Sleep - referring to a gun barrel:

Edited at 2013-03-16 09:10 am (UTC)
16th-Mar-2013 02:55 pm (UTC)
They are indeed the best!

And yeah - I think we can take a double meaning with this one. I'm pretty sure it refers to the American Falls and going over it in a wooden barrel (as rhymephile mentions above), but I can certainly believe the meaning of helplessness applies here. :)

Thanks hun.xx
16th-Mar-2013 06:29 pm (UTC)
I sometimes forget about references and colloquialisms used on Show that are purely American and that people outside of the US wouldn't pick up right away, like "over a barrel" as well as knowing about "going over the Falls in a barrel."
16th-Mar-2013 06:50 pm (UTC)
We do use a LOT of Americanisms in the UK, and having someone over a barrel in the context described above is how it is used here too.
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