Church key (was: Set-ups (was "Boilermakers"))

Peter A. McGraw pmcgraw at LINFIELD.EDU
Mon Apr 3 21:05:21 UTC 2000

No one in the "church key" thread has so far suggested that it's a regional
term, but in my experience it has been.

I remember it as a common term during my grad school days in Wisconsin.
After I had been away for nearly ten years, a former professor from UW
visited me in Ohio and at a party asked for a "church key."  I looked blank
at first, and when he said, "Oh--maybe that's a Wisconsin term," I finally
remembered what it meant.  I haven't heard it on the East Coast or here in
Oregon, either.  Is it because it's regional, or is it student slang and
the reason I haven't heard it since Wisconsin is because I haven't been a
student since then?

Peter Mc.

                               Peter A. McGraw
                   Linfield College   *   McMinnville, OR
                            pmcgraw at

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