[Ads-l] American sauce

Baker, John JBAKER at STRADLEY.COM
Fri Sep 1 14:52:02 EDT 2017


“99 and 44/100% pure” means that Ivory is 99.44% pure soap (i.e., fatty acids and alkali).  According to the Straight Dope, http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/870/ivory-soap-is-99-and-44-100-pure-what, the impurities consist of uncombined alkali, 0.11%; carbonates, 0.28%; and mineral matter, 0.17%.


John Baker


From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY RDECOM AMRDEC (US)
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Subject: Re: American sauce

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> If Ivory Soap is 99.44% pure, what's the rest?
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> Stephen
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Dirt.

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