Yankee bump

Peter Richardson prichard at LINFIELD.EDU
Fri Mar 23 23:20:44 UTC 2001

I've always thought of the "thank you, ma'am" as a bump that causes the
lady sitting next to one on the carriage seat to be bounced into the air,
after which she lands, if not in one's lap, at least a good deal closer
than propriety might otherwise excuse. Blushing, she would scoot away,
having secretly enjoyed the bump as well. ca. 1880?


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