moustache--(Why a moustache was likened to a baseball team)
Douglas G. Wilson
douglas at NB.NET
Mon Jan 10 06:06:51 UTC 2005
>Gerald Cohen writes:
> > On Dec. 13, 2004 Bill Mullins sent an ads-l message wondering how
> >"miniature baseball nines" could mean "moustache" in a 1929 high-school
> >yearbook. [See item below my signoff.]
> > It just occurred to me that the answer is obvious:
> > The writer twice refers to the moustache making "the hit" with the
> >girls. Baseball teams make hits. Ergo,...
> > Q.E.D., case closed. It's Miller time.
>Considering the age of the "men" in question, it could just be a mean
>allusion to the sparseness of the mustaches: nine whiskers on each side.
This was/is my speculation too (more or less):
I think Gerald Cohen's interpretation is a possibility also (although not
entirely natural and surely not by any means obvious or certain IMHO).
Anyway, I was convinced enough to have a Miller or two.
-- Doug Wilson
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