Daiquiri (1910); Southern Lunch Counter Slang (1896)
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Various items...I had previously posted a 1914 "daiquiri" in English...Any
date for "nerd" in the second item? Does Barbara Waldroff's new book "Word
Nerd" define the term?...I don't think the last article has been posted here
19 June 1910, Bellingham (WA) Sunday Herald, "Explorations in Cuban Drinks,"
The Americans who stop in Havana any length of time speedily become
connoisseurs in compounds of rum. They always are taking a fall out of the demon in
various disguises. There is the Daiquiri cocktail, for example. Its foundation
is the finest bacardi and it is potent and soothing beyond relief. It was
invented by some American engineers at the Daiquiri iron mines, and, it is
said, made employment there popular instead of something to be shunned. The
secret of its composition has been disclosed to but a few selected barkeepers
around the Prado, and has not been imported and made use of along Broadway as yet.
_The Reader's Digest - Page 57_
by Lila Bell Acheson Wallace, DeWitt Wallace - 1922
and "My, how sanitary!" are widely used expressions of approval. In Detroit,
someone who once would have been called a drip or a square is now a nerd,
24 April 1896, The State (SC), pg. 5:
_SOUTHERN LUNCH COUNTER SLANG_
_Phrases In a Louisiana Restaurant That_
_Are Greek to the Uninitiated._
Lunch counter slang is Greek to the uninitiated. Like most slang, however,
it is very expressive and the titles of the lunchroom have plenty of truth to
recommend them and not a little poetry. One of the best railroad lunch
counters in the south is at Hammond, La. This may be or it may not be because the
man who runs it is a northern man. According to his account, the lunch counter
lexicon of the south is quite different from that of the north.
"When I went to Hammond," he said, "I didn't know what the men were talking
about half the time. Two or three crews of railroad come in together and I
didn't know what they wanted when they fired their orders at me. There was one
thing I could understand, though, and that was the 'please sir,' with which
almost every southerner would finish his request. The northern man says,
'Gimme a cup o' coffee.' The southern man says, 'Gimme a cup o' coffee, please,
sir.' That is the way the ordinary traveler would ask for coffee. With the
trainmen and the regulars, drummers and so on, it is different."
Then he gave extracts from his lexicon, some of which are worth recording.
"Short and sweet" means beans and molasses.
"Gimme a Trilby foot" means "Pass me a fried pig's foot." The same desire is
often expressed in a request for "a grunter" or "a squealer."
"Give the sand box a kick down this way" means "Pass the sugar."
"Drive the cow down this way" is an old and honored method for asking for
"Slop and sinkers" means coffee and doughnuts. The doughnuts at this
particular counter have been honored with the new title of "life preservers."
Another apt expression for this article of diet is "fried holes."
"Pass the dope," is a request for butter.
"Hammerine," means chopped ham.
"One boxing glove with plenty of lining," means a sandwich with a liberal
allowance of ham. "One boxing glove without a shadow" is the sandwich
moderately provided with ham.
"Three slides down to west end" is an expression peculiar to New Orleans and
its vicinity. Lunch counters in these places have one end for colored people
only, and a request for "Three slides down to west end" is the way in which
the waiter tells the cook to set out coffee and doughnuts on what he calls
"the nigger end" of the counter.
Sweet potato pie is a great favorite in the south, and the men come in
asking, "Got any tate pone?" Another name for sweet potato pie is "poodle pie."
Everything is custard, too, in the pie line. Ordinary custard pie is called
"egg custard;" pie is "potato custard," and so on. Cranberry pie is familiarly
known as "red pie," while mince pie is variously called "mystery pie" and
"jamboree pie." Pie with two crusts is known as "two story pie" and "double
barreled pie." Pies with one crust are called "open faced pie," "single barreled
pie" and "one story pie." "Celluloid pie" is another name for custard pie.
Ham and eggs are called for as "Kansas City chicken and Adam and Eve." "Adam
and Eve" seems to be a favorite figure of speech for representing an egg,
scrambled eggs being known as "Adam and Eve shipwrecked," while eggs on toast
are called "Adam and Eve on a raft." Other names for scrambled eggs are
"agitated eggs," "storm tossed" and "eggs around the curve." Fried eggs unturned
are called "eggs with eyes open," "sunny side up," "straight up" and "two white
wings turned down." Soft boiled eggs are described as "a light on the ocean
wave," while a hard boiled egg is called "a light under the waves." Fried
eggs turned over are called "in the dark," or "with a black eye."
"Short and white" means sausage and beans.
"One sole without a shoe" means a beefsteak.
"Java in the dark" means black coffee.
"Hongkong on crutches" is tea without milk.
Cake is variously demanded as "white cake" and "black cake," while ice cream
is easily recognized in a demand for "cold food." -- New York Sun.
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