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Old 03 April 2014, 10:15 PM
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Icon105 Happy as a clam

Comment: In Maine (perhaps New England and God knows where else) we have a saying...
"He/She is happy as a clam!" As far as I know, clams are not Christian so
they've missed that joy. They live in wet sand, ugh. I have no clue about
their sex life, that might be it but damned if I know. As it eludes me as
to what clams could have, do or be so happy about I turn to you; what is
the origin of that saying?
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Old 04 April 2014, 01:04 AM
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^^^^^ (my avatar and screen name are the answer )

The way I understand it the full expression is 'Happy as a clam at high tide'. The clam is safe and happy at high tide since clamming is normally done at low tide when the sand is exposed.
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Old 04 April 2014, 03:04 AM
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So if you're "damned if [you] know" about clams' sex lives, does that make you more or less happy than the heathen clams?
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