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Could somebody explain the grammar of this sentence? Compared to this common expression:

"I don't give a damn about......"

Is "rat's" possessive? Is so, I can't seem to make sense of it. Anyone's opinion and explanation on this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Raen
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Hi,

Could somebody explain the grammar of this sentence? Compared to this common expression:

"I don't give a damn about.."

Is "rat's" possessive? Is so, I can't seem to make sense of it. Anyone's opinion and explanation on this would be greatly appreciated.

The standard expression is "I don't give a rat's ass about.." However, this is quite vulgar, so the speaker has simply omitted the word 'ass', knowing that the listener/reader will understand what he means.

Best wishes, Clive.
Thank you Clive for your prompt reply..............I think it only took less than 2 minutes. Thanks.

You couldn't have explained it better, now I've got it. Thanks again. (two thumbs up here. Is there away to insert figurative expressions, mine doesn't seem to work)

Raen
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I've been known to say "I don't give a flying fish" which substitutes "fish" for a FAR more vulgar word than "rat's ass."
Grammar Geek. I haven't heard of this expression.

But I'm guessing the FAR more vulgur word is a 4-letter word and it starts with "f"?

Raen
Shortly after reading this thread, I came across the following in the May 19 Newsweek magazine:

". . . party officials in the other 48 states don't give a rat's patootie about seating Florida and Michigan."
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khoff". . . party officials in the other 48 states don't give a rat's patootie about seating Florida and Michigan."
Fine. Let them be that way. As someone who was born in Michigan and has lived in Florida, I hope they lose their own patooties in November then, the fishing patootie holes.
CJ
... the fishing patootie holes... I love this.