pound sand

The expression “go pound sand” is from two longer expressions: “go pound sand down a rathole,” and “go pound sand (or salt) up your ass.” It’s disdainful and dismissive, like telling someone to go fly a kite or go play in traffic, on a par with the forceful suggestion  that the recipient go do something anatomically impossible. The expression is common in the midwestern US.

The Oxford English Dictionary says the expression is a North American invention that first appeared in print back in 1857 meaning “to engage in a pointless, menial task.”

Literally pounding sand (with a shovel, for instance) is indeed a pointless chore; the sand does not compress or adhere to itself the way clay would, so the end result is much the same as the beginning. There are many tasks, such as nailing Jell-O to a tree, which would probably be more fulfilling.

On the other hand, pounding a beach of lovely, warm sand with my bare feet, while the warm surf rolls in beside me, would be very fulfilling. 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: