slider/Slyder(R), Gut-bomb

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIO.EDU
Fri Feb 13 16:31:57 UTC 2004

Ah, Pop-Pop!  My ex-husband from Baltimore used that term for his
grandfather, and I think he said Mom-Mom for grandmother.  Is this just a
Maryland/New Jersey thing, or is it more widespread? (I think of Nana as
more recent and "fancier.")  They all went to "the shore" too, of course.

At 09:20 AM 2/13/2004 -0500, you wrote:
>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 NJ.
>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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