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puer also means the treatment of hides and skins with enzymes, originally sourced from animal faeces, to soften it. The process clearly stank so is this the same origin as the French meaning

Carry on Cleo[edit]

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Egyptologists would confirm that she indeed possessed a seductive voice and an irresistibility that transcended her looks.
It is no wonder then in that movie Sid gave a breathless exclamation to the camera of "Oh puer, Oh puer, Oh puer!" as he ran off, perhaps for a cold shower or a spot of fishing. And who could have blamed him after seeing Queen Amanda eyelashes a-quiver while she luxuriated in a pool of asses milk.

Not sure this helps ! -- 21:41, 14 May 2011 (UTC)

I’m not going to read all the stuff in that link and I have no idea who Sid is, but I assume that, by "oh puer, oh puer", he meant "oh boy, oh boy". —Stephen (Talk) 22:53, 15 May 2011 (UTC)


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- -sche (discuss) 20:04, 26 December 2012 (UTC)

As the IP who added it commented, this is "Strange but true." [1]. Here are a few cites from Books: [2], [3], [4], and [5]. Its action seems to have come from the combination of digestive enzymes and bacteria in properly-dried dog feces. Chuck Entz (talk) 21:20, 26 December 2012 (UTC)
I see now that the rfv is on the etymology, not the word as a whole. At least one or two of the above cites speculates about the derivation from the French verb meaning stink, which sounds a lot more plausible than pure. Other than that, WT:ES would be a better place to find this out. Chuck Entz (talk) 21:27, 26 December 2012 (UTC)
Actually, your initial understanding was correct, I was RFVing the whole word. Someone else was (prior to me) RFVing only the etymology, hence the listing on WT:ES. - -sche (discuss) 21:38, 26 December 2012 (UTC)
I'll type up those citations and pass the word, though the ES-RFV is still open. - -sche (discuss) 21:42, 26 December 2012 (UTC)