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Some older person was talking about evicting some renters from her property, and she said to me “she had a snake in her ear”.

  • She was a gossip, perhaps? – Mick Nov 19 '17 at 21:29
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    Probably an allusion to Eve (as in Adam and Eve) and the snake in the Garden of Eden, which snake conned Eve into disobeying God’s express command to not eat of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. In other words, the snake in Eve’s ear tempted her into original sin and causing the Fall of Man (from God’s grace). The lady landlord is talking about some unscrupulous person leading her renter astray. Conning her. Tempting her to sin. – Dan Bron Nov 19 '17 at 21:39
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    @DanBron I found a church facebook post that seems to support your theory. m.facebook.com/… I wasn’t convinced before but the specific reference in the post to eviction changed my mind. If you make an answer I’ll upvote it. – Spagirl Nov 20 '17 at 7:51
  • Michael, you left out most of what might have been relevant, unless you're suggesting she literally said I'm evicting some renters and I have a snake in my ear. Did she, please? She had a snake in her ear suggests that you left out either how that referred to the tenant's habit of wearing snakey jewellery or how one of them had an ear-worm, which is to say a word or phrase which kept popping up in her ear, presumably without real hearing – Robbie Goodwin Nov 28 '17 at 2:20
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She may have been referring to an ear cuffSnake ear cuff spotted snake ear cuff

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    I... Wasn't expecting that. I think from context it is obvious this is not what was meant. – ApplePie Nov 20 '17 at 1:56
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    Well clearly I didn’t think that was ‘obvious’ or I’d not have suggested it. :) What, about the extremely limited context, makes it obvious that it isn’t what is meant? An older person discussing, presumably younger, renters that she was evicting may easily make comment about unconventional adornments. – Spagirl Nov 20 '17 at 7:43
  • @ApplePie The question as to what was obvious was a genuine one and I'd still like to know what it was that three people thought I missed, if you felt able to clarify. – Spagirl Dec 1 '17 at 11:53

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