"cake-basket" (1922) = limousine--et al.

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Sun Dec 12 20:37:36 UTC 2004

"Cake" also was short for "cake-eater" itself.  Haven't checked, but this 1922 may be the earliest cite for it.


Sam Clements <SClements at NEO.RR.COM> wrote:
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.> Why is a "cake-basket" a limousine? Why does "to blouse" mean "to
go, leave"? And why is "barneymugging" love making?
> Gerald Cohen

A "cake eater" was a wealthy young man(among other things--see HDAS.

Thus, a "cake basket" would be a vehicle(limo) which carried around a "cake

Sam Clements

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