The Origins of “bite me”

I’m interested with the origins of idioms, and whilst what follows isn’t necessarily the origin of the phrase as is used today, it’s an early usage that makes a funny story.


Saint Lorenzo (a.k.a. Lawrence of Rome)

  • Distributed the Church’s wealth to the poor
  • Told the government that the people of the area were the real valuables
  • Got sentenced to death because apparently nobody has a sense of humour.
  • Was barbecued
  • Was reportedly asked if he was roasted yet
  • Responded “this side’s done, you might want to turn me over and take a bite/ bite me”.
  • Obviously, this was also sarcastic because this guy was a riot.