to "spit-shine"

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Thu Mar 8 02:47:53 UTC 2007

I'd date my learning the skill to c. 1975.

---Amy West

>Date:    Tue, 6 Mar 2007 12:10:38 -0800
>From:    Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM>
>Subject: Re: to "spit-shine"
>By the time Amy learned it, the prescription for a "spit shine" no
>longer involved spit.  That supports the notion that _brilliance_ is
>now the defining characteristic of a (so-called) "spit shine."
>   JL

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