bhunter3 at MINDSPRING.COM
Mon Dec 6 15:53:45 UTC 2004
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From: "Jonathan Lighter" <wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM>
> "Snot-locker" is well attested in print since the mid-50s. It apparently originated in the Navy. "Shot-locker" was a nineteenth century naval term for a wallet or one's fund of ready cash.
> Any other "-lockers" out there?
Delurking for the moment to comment. I am an amateur language watcher with no formal language training, but find discussions of languages fascinating.
I was a member of the USN from 1969-1981 and can attest to the use of snot-locker. We used "rain-locker" to designate the place where one would shower. A derisive phrase in use, usually in response to a particularly uninteresting announcement over the 1MC (ship's public address system), was, "All those who desire to do so, may lay down to the do so locker and do so."
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