wife beaters

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Sun Jun 23 16:48:28 UTC 2002

Some of the best culturally and linguistically preserved Polish
enclaves in America are in Texas (although that is no requirement for
"Polish jokes" - psiakrew cholera!).


>|o| On Wed, 19 Jun 2002, James A. Landau wrote:
>|o| > wife-beater (sleeveless T-shirt, vest):
>|o| > antedate 1997
>Certainly conjures visions of Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski in Street
>Car Named Desire.
>Maybe Jackie Gleason in the Honeymooners.
>BTW, growing up, this kind of sleeveless t-shirt was known in my circle as a
>Polish Smoking Jacket, which is odd because Polish was not a major ethnic
>identity in North Texas.

Dennis R. Preston
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