Phrase: the old, slam-bang, thank-you-ma'ams (automobile tires circa 1925 probably)

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jul 8 19:06:49 UTC 2011

On Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 2:42 PM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at> wrote:
> breaker: ridge of earth in hilly part of country road

Hmm. A little judicious editing:

breaker: ridge of earth in country road

and we have the possible source of _speedbreaker_ "speedbump," used
(only?) by BE-speakers in the Saint Louis of my youth.

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