Idioms

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There is a certain idiom, and about its particulars my wife and I, both native speakers of English, disagree. She says "whatever blows your skirt," and means, somewhat disparagingly, "whatever." I cannot recall exactly how this idiom is constructed, but I think it is something about "blowing air up your skirt," and I think it pertains to flattery, or trying to fool someone. I have been unable to find anything on this on the internet. Can anyone please help on this?

I hadn't heard it used, but the examples I have found seem to be using the 'whatever' meaning, like this one:

dr: Of course it should be, but I trust you will agree that metaphorical logic ought ultimately to yield pride of place to decorum?

DR: I suppose so. I mean, whatever blows your skirt up--

http://shirtysleeves.blogspot.com/2007_07_01_archive.html

The definition in UrbanDictionary is along the same lines:
http://www.urbandictionary.comdefine.php?term=whatever%20blows%20your%20skirt%20up
Short version of the link: http://tinyurl.com/5dk4kp

According to one blog, it's a reference to pop culture, but I haven't found out what that is yet:

http://theflavortrain.blogspot.com/2008/07/ms-kinzie-eat-your-heart-out.html

I have never heard "whatever blows your skirt" but it reminds me of "whatever floats your boat."

Just a guess............

It could have very well come from the ever famous photograph of Marilyn Monroe standing over the sidewalk vent with her skirt blown up

"Whatever blows your skirt up"........"Whatever turns you on"

As I said, just a guess

It simply means do whatever makes you happy or brings you pleasure even if it seems absurd. Most women wouldn't dare stand over a sidewalk vent and allow their skirt to be blown up, but that's exactly what "blew Marilyn's skirt up" and she seemed to enjoy it.

And to that end I say, "Don't knock it until you've tried it!"

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