The Finger (1947?)
ANNE V. GILBERT
avgilbert at PRODIGY.NET
Mon Jan 14 18:19:58 UTC 2002
> >"Melting pot" is a hot-metal metaphor, not a food metaphor. <
> Even though this expression seems to have developed a culinary
> I agree with Fred about its original meaning. This later association
> probably reflects our diminishing experience of industrial processes.
> Even middle class kids would still 50 & 60 years ago be familiar with the
> images of heavy industry, through educational films. [What a lark that
> when the shades would be drawn, the projector rolled in & the classroom
> darkened for some
Well, I must be about the same age, because I remember those "instructional"
movies, too. I also remember "melting pot" describing America and
Americans(supposedly, anyway). I just accepted the metaphof and I never
thought about where it came from. I had no idea whatever that it was a
metaphor borrowed from heavy industry.
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