b/w (was: boilermakers and depth charges)

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Mon Apr 3 18:56:37 UTC 2000

More common is "btw" or "btwn," or even the old "xt" (where'd that come
from, anyway?).

At 07:38 PM 4/3/00 +0100, you wrote:
>Mark Mandel asked about my abbreviation:
> > I've only seen "b/w" as an abbreviation for "black-and-white", used of
> TV sets
> > or movies/videos. Is this use for "between" common, rare, nonce, or oops?
>My friend Mikey Jackman used to use it, and I picked it up from him (he's from
>the Boston area).  I have no idea whether he made it up or whether it's
>widespread, but I've never seen anyone else but him and me using it. I
>have seen
>other people use bt or b/t.
>But it's also used about 45 rpm singles, and I never figured out what it meant
>there "backed with?"
>Do you remember this?  They'd have the name of the song that was the single,
>then "b/w" and then the name of the song on the b-side.  What did it stand for

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