|Slang City Mail|
|March 24, 2005|
Slang of the
Week: built like a brick house/built like a brick shithouse
Most Americans associate this phrase with the 1977 Commodores classic:
She's a brick…house
Stacked means large-breasted and brick house is used primarily about sexy women in the US. However, you can find examples of this expression used to describe large, muscular men, reliable computer software, and even cars. One recent online advertisement for a horse read, “This filly has a solid performance pedigree, she is cowy and quick, great disposition and built like a brick house!”
Although both forms are common, the second (and less polite) is the original. Shithouses (more commonly called outhouses) are old-fashioned outdoor toilets. In the States, they were normally made of wood, so a brick one would obviously be more “mighty, mighty.” But why comparing a woman to a bathroom is a compliment remains a mystery.