Set-ups (was "Boilermakers")

James Smith jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM
Mon Apr 3 19:21:13 UTC 2000

--- Natalie Maynor <maynor at CS.MSSTATE.EDU> wrote:
> Jim wrote:
> > How about 'church key' for can-opener?  I said
> this to
> > a woman - a drinker - in her 20's and got a look
> of
> > total puzzlement.
> Maybe twist-off bottle tops and pop-top cans have
> made the term
> less useful.
>    --Natalie Maynor (maynor at

Undoubtedly.  The context of my comment was something
like, "A church key would be the perfect tool for ..."
referring to some use, which I can't recall now, that
was different than its normal use.  Another listener
from the pre pop-top era understood clearly what I
meant.  The young woman said, after we explained what
a church key was, that although she had had no clue as
to how keys to churches might differ from other keys,
she had been unable to picture how any type of key
would have been of any use in this situation.

By the way, I checked my Webster's Collegiate and
'church key', 'brown bagging'(both alcohol and lunch
related meanings), and 'setup' (re. alcoholic drinks)
are in there.

James D. SMITH                 |If history teaches anything
SLC, UT                        |it is that we will be sued
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                               |or slowly and cautiously.

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