It's unlucky there is no digital version of that copy of the Sunday Herald Chicago. In this latter sense the word 'floats' is being applied to the boat rather than what it sits on. The winners will be announced live from the Classic Grand in Glasgow on Sunday September 2nd 2012. I'm familiar with whatever floats your boat - meaning as described. As for floating having to do with drugs, well.
I'll likely put up a bounty tomorrow, trying to draw in something more substantiated than gut feelings for the non-drug, non-sex faction. However, I was not able to pinpoint a definite source. Their ethics seem to be more individuated. It's not about drug use or passing bad checks or being unemployed regularly. My research hasn't yielded anything which could be described as objective. Additionally, Cassell's Dictionary of Slang also does not suggest that the phrase is sexual in nature cf.
There are experiences in life that are enjoyable that have nothing to do with sex and drugs. Can anyone shed light on this issue? Usage notes: sometimes used without don't: Of course you'll want to rock the boat. That response implies disagreement, and that it is not worth your effort to advance the conversation by explaining why my opinion may be flawed. The word 'float' in this expression possibly draws upon meanings within other earlier slang uses of the word 'float', notably 'float around' meaning to to occupy oneself circulating among others without any particular purpose 'loaf around aimlessly' as Cassell puts it, perhaps derived from the same expression used in the Royal Air Force from the 1930s to describe the act of flying irresponsibly and aimlessly. Remember how it all burned to a crisp last time? In other words, a nihilist has no direction and lacks a moral scheme.
Any emphasis in bold are mine. Marge: He wants to try making his famous corned beef hash again. Best to not use it with bosses or in any formal situation. Fred and I would love to have you over for dinner. Acceptable example: two friends speaking Marge: Betty, you never come over any more.
It's not really a rude thing to say because it's meant as a humorous response. My Google results are very different from lablady's. So I guess he should be thankful to you for enlightening him - or to Ray, who mentioned it first, actually. A nihilist believes that life is and therefore morals are meaningless. Specialising in New Scottish Music with exclusive interviews and first time plays —New Bands and Old Favourites —New Music and Classic Tunes there is always something to Rock the Boat on a Friday night with Trish. Josh61 and Bluewoman think this way you both get pinged I like both your answers which seem both reasonable.
My show has been running a little over a year and I am up against 4 long standing, very well established radio programmes so the competition is fierce. Trish be of course be leading her own campaign using her Face Book and Dunoon Community Radio Web Site presenters page and has already been invited to appear as a guest on several programmes to chat about the experience of being nominated Keep tuned in. This meaning also fits with being nihilist in the sense of admitting to no knowable moral scheme. That is at least a plausible origin explains the sudden appearance of the expression concurrent with Reaganomics in the 80s , and it fits the metaphor of a floating boat. If a friend says to you I really can't make that meeting on Monday. Also, significantly, 'floating' has since the 1950s been slang for being drunk or high on drugs.
I haven't come across whatever rocks your boat in any context. If I say I think the Mona Lisa is the greatest painting ever, and you respond with Whatever floats your boat, you are implying that my opinion is merely mine and of little signiface. Who they are, I do not know, but it is revealing that the idiom in its entirety appears in connection with no moral scheme, and ethics. . In the naval and negative category, I have heard whatever sinks your battleship, surely a reference to the game Battleship. I always say, Whatever floats your boat.
Whether the phrase started from a single but as yet unidentified quote, or just 'grew' through general adoption, the clues to the root origins of the expression probably lie more than anything else in the sense that the person's choice is considered irresponsible or is not approved of, because this sense connects to other negative meanings of 'float' words used in slang. I was wondering when and how the expression Whatever floats your boat, meaning What makes you happy; what stimulates you came to be. The following extract is from the website , run by Alan Chapman. It has been nominated for Radio Show Of The Year 2012 in the New Scottish Music Awards. The 'whatever floats your boat' expression is a metaphor that alludes to the person being the boat, and the person's choice of activity, option, particularly related to lifestyle being what the boat sits on and supports it, or in a more mystical sense, whatever enables the boat to defy the downward pull of gravity. Importantly the meaning also suggests bemusement or disagreement on the part of whoever makes the comment; rather like saying it's not something I would do or choose myself, but if that's what you want then go ahead, just so long as you don't want my approval. Hi Duane, dorfinator wrote: This will be my last post to this thread as the horse has been beat to death already.