disposable garbage bags

Barnhart barnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM
Wed Feb 2 20:19:17 UTC 2005

I recall municipal garbage collectors (1924) (aka garbagemen [1888]) using
large sheets of burlap upon which to dump garbage from galvanized garbage
pails (1906) (which I can remember cleaning) and their hefting them over
their should to schlep to the garbage truck (1916).  I don't remember ever
hearing the term garbage box (1867).


barnhart at highlands.com

American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on Wednesday, February
02, 2005 at 1:24 PM -0500 wrote:
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>Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>Poster:       sagehen <sagehen at WESTELCOM.COM>
>Subject:      Re: disposable garbage bags
> I can't remember when these things first became a standard element of the
>No. American lifestyle, but I clearly remember the feeling of shock --
>outrage, really -- when I noticed that it was expected that people would
>buy bags for the purpose of throwing them away.
>Ah, such innocence!
>A. Murie

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