Clashing slang

David A. Daniel dad at POKERWIZ.COM
Mon May 17 21:33:07 UTC 2010

I am pretty sure that diddling in the west-coast sixties involved fingers.
Still think of it thus.

"Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy" Benjamin Franklin

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In Iowa in the 1950s he did not bang her, he DIDDLED her.
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From: Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
Date:         Mon, 17 May 2010 13:41:14
Subject:      [ADS-L] Clashing slang

Back in 1949(?), I read a story by Damon Knight entitled, "Not With a
Bang." This title struck me as so hip that it introduced me to, and
made me a fan of, T.S. Eliot, one of Saint Louis's most famous native
sons. Only a few moments ago, however, did it strike me that this
title is a pun.

The story is about a jerk, probably the last man on earth, who
ultimately fails in his efforts to seduce a woman, probably the last
woman on earth, so as to begin the repopulation of the world with

_Bang_ as a slang term meaning

"engage(ment) in sexual intercourse"

does not exist in the BE of my generation. However, by sheer
coincidence, the old, (white) college drinking-song with the words,

"He banged her once / He banged her twice / He banged her once too often

was running through my mind. Then... *Flash!* It hit me:

"This is the way the world ends / *Not* with a_bang_"!
All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"--a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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