Some Like It Hot
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Tue Jul 31 12:56:26 UTC 2001
SOME LIKE IT HOT--I don't know what Fred Shapiro has for this phrase, but it predates the movie. It's a header in a Clementine Paddleford column, NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE, 23 November 1938, pg. 14, col. 6.
THE THING--Another movie title. "The Nature of 'The Thing'*" (*With compliments to Westbrook Pegler) is in the NYHT, 18 November 1938, pg. 21, cols. 7-8. The story is about Nazism.
MOLASSES CHIPS--Not in OED. I also have "molasses cookies" somewhere. From the NYHT, 6 September 1938, pg. 11, col. 5:
Mix and sift one cup flour, one and one-half teaspoons baking powder, two teaspoons ginger and one-fourth teaspoon salt. Combine one-half cup molasses, one-half cup sugar and two-thirds cup shortening, melted; add one slightly beaten egg and beat well. Add flour and one cup rolled oats, mixing thoroughly. Drop by spoonsful on an ungreased baking sheet and bake in a moderate oven (350 degrees F.) ten to twelve minutes, or until done. Let stand for a few minutes before removing from the baking sheet. The chips will crisp on COOLING. Approximate yield: three dozen cookies.
EGG FLOWER SOUP--Not in OED. Listed on "Chinese Dinner Menu," NYHT, 9 December 1938, pg. 23, col. 3.
CIGARETTES--Lots of menu items are now "cigarettes of--." From the NYHT, 18 October 1938, pg. 16, col. 7:
EAT A CIGARETTE--New on the cookie table is a cocktail cigarette, a thin rolled cracker filled with cheddar cheese, twenty-eight sticks, 29 cents. The same company has evolved still another appetizer, a cheese sandwich... (Which company?--ed.)
WHOLE SHEBANG--Bayard Taylor was the "Great American Traveler," and I've been going through a number of his books. Several are on the Making of America database. Does DARE have this?
From COLORADO: A SUMMER TRIP (G. P. Putnam & Son, NY, 1867) by Bayard Taylor, pg. 60:
The Colorado dialect, in other respects, is peculiar. A dwelling-house is invariably styled "shebang;" and the word, in many cases, is very appropriate. The Spanish _corral_ (always mispronounced _correll_) has become completely naturalized, and is used as a verb, meaning to catch or collect. A supply of any kind is an "outfit;" a man does not shout, but "lets a yell out of him;" and one who makes a blunder "cuts open a dog."
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