Church key (was: Set-ups (was "Boilermakers"))
laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Apr 4 04:32:45 UTC 2000
>Church key perfectly well understood to downstate and upstate NYers when
>there were beer cans w/o tabs.
>David Bergdahl Ellis Hall 366 Ohio University / Athens
>Associate Prof/English tel: (740) 593-2783 fax: (740) 593-2818
> bergdahl at oak.cats.ohiou.edu
>From my beer-drinking days first at college in upstate NY (early 60's) and
then back home in Long Island, I can vouch for both halves of that claim;
it was also the standard term for the item in California by the mid-60's.
I often wondered whether the allusion was to the shape of some real and/or
archetypal church key, or (as I suspected) whether it was just a
metaphor--the way to worship at the shrine.
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