slider/Slyder(R), Gut-bomb

James Stalker stalker at MSU.EDU
Fri Feb 13 16:19:22 UTC 2004

On the Kentucky side of the river in the 50s, I recall that we called White
Castle burgers armpits, generally more frequently than sliders.  Did that
carry over to the IN side of the river?

Jim Stalker

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dennis R. Preston" <preston at MSU.EDU>
Sent: Friday, February 13, 2004 9:27 AM
Subject: Re: slider/Slyder(R), Gut-bomb

> Kathleen must have been from the greasy rather than greazy part of
> IN; down south we had White Castles in the 50s, but not as sliders
> until later; 60's is probably right.
> dInIs (whose current recommendation for an excellent accompaniment to
> a bag of sliders would be a Puglian Primitivo)
> At 12:50 AM 2/13/2004 -0500, Doug Wilson wrote:
> The slang term "slider" meaning "[small greasy] hamburger" (White Castle
> style or similar) was used in the 1960's according to my own recollection.
> It was not restricted to White Castle in my experience. The folk etymology
> said that the burger was small and greasy enough that it slid down the
> throat without the need for active chewing or swallowing ... or something
> like that. I believe no major company would have advertised "sliders" (nor
> "gut-bombs") back then.
> There is a White Castle on the Black Horse Pike going down the shore in
> Having grown-up in Indiana it was a new experience for me in the early
> 80's. Dad, however, had recollection of the place going back to the
> mid-40's when he would go down the shore with Pop-Pop and Nana. He recalls
> them being called sliders back then. And, in his opinion, the reason the
> little burgers were called such was because they went in - and out - shall
> we say, without stopping.
> Kathleen E. Miller
> Research Assistant to William Safire
> The New York Times
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