Church key

Scott Swanson harview at MONTANA.COM
Thu Apr 6 04:21:43 UTC 2000

I've always known and still use this term (even though there is no longer
much use for its referent...). I seem to recall reading somewhere (in the
"Playboy Advisor" - Barry?) that it derived from the supposed similarity
of its shape and that of large ornate medieval keys (think, perhaps, of
the type of bottle-opener which is suited _only_ for bottles, made of a
metal "wire" bent into a bottle-opening shape at one end, and into an open
handle at the other).

Scott Swanson

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