Books on diner vocabulary?

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at UMR.EDU
Fri Dec 14 21:05:44 UTC 2007

After I sent my ads-l message below, Ben Zimmer sent me the friendly reminder:
"Didn't I contribute some hash-house lingo too? :->"
Yes he did. His two items appeared in Comments on Etymology, vol. 36, no. 3-4, Dec. 2006/January 2007:
Benjamin Zimmer: "1886 St. Louis Globe-Democrat articleon hash-house lingo. pp. 8-11.
Benjamin Zimmer: "1889 Boston Globe article on lingo in a Bowery hash house." pp. 12-13.
Among the interesting examples in the two above articles are "a querrium" (aquarium) = glass of water, "worms-in-the-teeth" = baked macaroni, "ancient orders" (also: "A.O.H's") = potatoes (i.e., ancient orders of Hibernia.), "a 17th of March" (= an Irish stew), and "T.D.'s" = potatoes.
Btw, why are "T.D.'s" potatoes?  What am I missing here?
Gerald Cohen
P.S. Barry Popik also had two items on hash-house lingo in the same Comments on Etymology issue.


From: American Dialect Society on behalf of Cohen, Gerald Leonard
Sent: Fri 12/14/2007 11:24 AM
Subject: Re: Books on diner vocabulary?

This isn't a book but I add it to the discussion for the sake of completeness:

"Material for the Study of Hashhouse Lingo," by Barry Popik and Gerald Cohen. in: _Studies in Slang, VII_, by Gerald Leonard Cohen and Barry A. Popik_, self-published by Gerald Cohen, 2006. pp. 1- 49.

Gerald Cohen
Department of Arts, Languages, and Philosophy
University of Missouri-Rolla


From: American Dialect Society on behalf of Joel S. Berson
Sent: Fri 12/14/2007 9:00 AM
Subject: Books on diner vocabulary?

I have perused the archives, and notice just the following:

American diner: then and now [Richard Gutman, 2000, I assume].

Are there others?



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