[Ads-l] XYZ revived

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 15 00:23:15 EST 2016

On Wed, Dec 14, 2016 at 2:59 PM, Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at gmail.com>

> I recall this acronym for “examiner your zipper” being used in the 1970s
> to mean “your zipper is open.”

It's brand-new to me. Back in button days of the '40's, we said,

"It's [number of buttons unbuttoned] o'clock in Petersville"


"Your barn-door's open (and your horse is getting out),"

which also works for zippered flies.

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

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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