Bob Haas highbob at POP.MINDSPRING.COM
Tue Nov 2 16:57:08 UTC 1999

As I was growing up, I remember hearing straight (???), regular, and slotted,
which always seemed to me to have the most official sound about it.

David Bowie wrote:

> Regarding the "slotted" designation, it sounds like a sort of abbreviation
> for what my father (born in Washington DC, did most of his growing up in
> Southern Maryland) called it--he always called it a "straight-slot"
> screwdriver.
> (The other one was consistently a "Phillips[sp?]-head" screwdriver, FTR.)


Bob Haas
Department of English
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

                      "Shun the frumious Bandersnatch!"

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