Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Anthony Heald

I'm crying "UNCLE"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


For whatever the reason, I have simply lost interest in the book and I am suspending reading--whether permanently or temporarily is as of yet undecided. I need something quick and light!


While I'm here, just a few thoughts on "crying, 'Uncle."'  Where does the phrase come from and is it purely an Americanism or is it used elsewhere as well. Hmm, guess I better google it.


UPDATE: Okay. Definitely an American/Canadianism. First seen in print in 1912 in an advertisement. Speculation on the origin includes a  19th joke about a parrot and some connection to the ancient Romans. In other words, experts haven't figured it out; more research is needed (experts, not mine).