nice joints

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Mon Aug 1 23:00:35 UTC 2005

I was already familiar with the expression when I heard it uttered by an actual down-on-his-luck drunk as he was being ejected from a New York City bar in the early 1970s. I'm not sure whether he said "joints" or "places."


George Thompson <george.thompson at NYU.EDU> wrote:
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Subject: nice joints

At the race track the other day, investing in losers, I was sitting a
few rows in front of a couple of vacationing priests, one of whom did
considerable loud yakking on his cellphone. At one point he said "I've
been thrown out of nicer joints than that. . . ."

Ths is an expression that I have known and used, when appropriate,
since the early 60s, even though I have never attended a seminary. My
usual formulation is "better places". Once I earned the admiration of
my friends by getting thrown out of the Two Gentlemen bar in Allston,
Mass., a feat thought by many to have been impossible. But I had help
on that occasion.

Sorry for the outburst of sentimental memories. I posted this to ask
the geographic spread and historical depth of this expression.


George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much lately.

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