What is the origin of the term "taking a rise"?
the Oxford English Dictionary dates the first use as in 1703 with a suggestion the term was originally Scottish - but I wonder how the term came to be used.
I saw it used in a 1923 book I am reading - "Whose Body" - by Dorothy L Sayers - and it reverberated with me as I have not heard it used in recent times.
Nowadays, I suppose folk are more likely to say "You're taking the piss" at least in my part of England.
- Anonymous2 months ago
Never heard of it.
- ?Lv 72 months ago
It's still fairly common in the US as "get a rise out of someone" meaning to annoy or provoke them enough to get a reaction.
That's also sometimes used as a show biz term referring to stirring up an audience, which led me to think it was like raising the dead. Probably wrong.
- Land-sharkLv 72 months ago
It probably comes from a fish rising up to take the bait. More like 'winding you up' than 'taking the piss', which isn't necessarily intended to get a rise out of you.