where the sun don't shine
dknight
my husband and i are curious as to where this phrase originated. we recently watched a movie that insinuated that it was shakespearian. any help is appreciated!
Lewis Joplin II
I can't find the phrase in any of my references. Although we all know it's fairly common. To specifically check out the Shakespeare angle, I looked in Bartlett's and in two collections of Shakespeare sayings.

Anyone have any ideas about the origin?

Lewis Joplin II
Oh course, people are usually referring to a part of the anatomy when they say "where the sun doesn't shine." Then again it is a line in a coal mining song:

DARK AS A DUNGEON
(Merle Travis)
It's dark as a dungeon and damp as the dew,
Where danger is double and pleasures are few,
Where the rain never falls and the sun never shines
It's dark as a dungeon way down in the mine.
It's a-many a man I have seen in my day,

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