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by incarnatus est
Sat Jan 06, 2007 7:41 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: gandy dancer
Replies: 16
Views: 3682

gandy dancer

Thank you all, especially stalwart Ken Greenwald for bothering to answer a question that must arise often, And thank you, Ken, also for telling me how to do a search for future reference. So, the most plausible explanation seems to be the Gandy Mfg. Co., but I'm left wondering (because of Michael Qu...
by incarnatus est
Tue Nov 21, 2006 11:01 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: bada-bing / badda-bing
Replies: 14
Views: 6872

bada-bing / badda-bing

I have a vague memory of this expression being part of the routine used by the Italian-American stand-up comedian Pat Cooper. He is a high-energy person who told funny stories and used this expression for emphasis and punctuation. If it's not original with him, he popularized it. There are some LP r...
by incarnatus est
Sat Apr 29, 2006 2:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: cat roads
Replies: 5
Views: 2660

cat roads

I'm reading a book about the Kansas City Union Station Massacre. It describes Pretty Boy Floyd abducting a sheriff and driving "the cat roads" of Missouri. I assume "Cat roads" means back roads, but what's the background on this term. We don't use it here in eastern Pennsylvania. In fact, I'm 65 and...
by incarnatus est
Thu Mar 30, 2006 7:27 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: chug hole
Replies: 19
Views: 8561

chug hole

One further piece of info here: Jack Conroy the author I referred to in the initial post of this thread, grew up in Moberly, Missouri. Born in 1899.
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by incarnatus est
Thu Mar 30, 2006 7:24 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: chug hole
Replies: 19
Views: 8561

chug hole

Very interesting responses and I thank you all. I'm also from Pennsylvania and usually say 'pothole,s' but have heard them called chuckholes. Question: Is is possible that the hub of a wheel on a wagon was ever called the 'chuck'? I know the center of a drill, the part that holds the bit (equivalent...
by incarnatus est
Mon Mar 27, 2006 9:56 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: chug hole
Replies: 19
Views: 8561

chug hole

I'm reading "The Disinherited" by Jack Conroy, originally published in 1933. Circa 1900 he is a boy and, referring to the poor condition of country roads, says the drivers of wagons had to be wary of "chug holes."
Anyone familiar with this term? Speficifically: why "chug" holes?
by incarnatus est
Tue Mar 21, 2006 2:27 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Javel/Javelle water
Replies: 5
Views: 2648

Javel/Javelle water

I suppose that street vendor actually sold Javel water (a.k.a. Javelle water), from French 'eau de Javel,' named after a village in France. Javelle water is an aqueous solution of sodium (occasionally potassium) hypochlorite and is often used as a bleaching agent and disinfectant. THANK YOU.This sou...
by incarnatus est
Sat Mar 18, 2006 9:22 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Javel/Javelle water
Replies: 5
Views: 2648

Javel/Javelle water

In late 1940's Philadelphia, various street vendors came through the neighborhood. One sold clothes props. One cried "Any old Rags...." And a guy selling what I think was bleach came through shouting what sounded like "Jerrellla water." Any insights? History? The term may have been Italian?
by incarnatus est
Fri Mar 10, 2006 7:00 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: HOW DO THE IRISH PRONOUNCE "pit" in Irish?
Replies: 2
Views: 1367

HOW DO THE IRISH PRONOUNCE "pit" in Irish?

Liam - Galway: I am most grateful to you. It's looking like there is no Irish language source for the word I was curious about.
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by incarnatus est
Fri Mar 10, 2006 3:19 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: HOW DO THE IRISH PRONOUNCE "pit" in Irish?
Replies: 2
Views: 1367

HOW DO THE IRISH PRONOUNCE "pit" in Irish?

SEE OPEN QUESTION OF MARCH 6 regarding the American (ized?) word "peeky" for vagina in an Irish-American family.

Thank you, i.e.
by incarnatus est
Mon Mar 06, 2006 6:20 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Peekie or Peeky for vagina
Replies: 5
Views: 2072

Peekie or Peeky for vagina

Thank you, Andrew Dalby. We're getting a bit closer to what I hoped might be the case. My mother's explanation of it having a Peekaboo aspect to it might be one of those after-the-fact attempts to provide an etymology for an odd-sounding word. Her own mother emigrated to the States from Ireland (mai...
by incarnatus est
Sat Mar 04, 2006 9:35 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Peekie or Peeky for vagina
Replies: 5
Views: 2072

Peekie or Peeky for vagina

Thanks wizard. The Incarnatus est is a joke of sorts...ex-catholic reference for "and the word was made flesh" ... I like the idea of words becoming reality...reification, I think it's called. Anyway, from seeing the growing number of persons who read the post and no one's having said they heard it,...
by incarnatus est
Sat Mar 04, 2006 9:00 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Peekie or Peeky for vagina
Replies: 5
Views: 2072

Peekie or Peeky for vagina

Judging from the lack of responses, perhaps everyone thinks I'm joking. Or the expression was peculiar to my family.
by incarnatus est
Fri Mar 03, 2006 4:12 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Peekie or Peeky for vagina
Replies: 5
Views: 2072

Peekie or Peeky for vagina

In a Philadelphia, PA (USA) working class Irish Catholic household- I am male, born 1940 - the common household word for girls' (not women's) vaginas was pronounced "peeky" and I wonder why. I asked my Mom once when we were both old enough to ask/answer such queries. She said it was a peekaboo (!) t...
by incarnatus est
Fri Mar 03, 2006 4:00 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: 'Out of the Flames' by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone
Replies: 4
Views: 3162

'Out of the Flames' by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone

I thought they wrote exclusively about book collecting. Does this book have books as its subject? I enjoyed their other books, so I'm curious.