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(Mental Floss)   Twenty-seven slang words to know if you time travel to the old West and need to sound like a cowboy. Give me a boggy-top with blue John   ( mentalfloss.com) divider line
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2012-09-30 12:28:40 PM  
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My grandfather called bread "wasp nest." I was damned surprised to see it on the list. If you ate "whistle berries" and farted where he could hear it, he called you "whistle britches" the rest of the day.

I miss him.
2012-09-30 06:21:56 AM  
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crypticsatellite: When was the canned soda invented?

Soda Pop was used long before aluminum cost less than gold.

"Called on A. Harrison and found he was at Carlisle, but that we were expected to supper; excused ourselves on the necessity of eating at the inn; supped there upon trout and roast foul, drank some most admirable cyder, and a new manufactory of a nectar, between soda-water and ginger-beer, and called pop, because 'pop goes the cork' when it is drawn, and pop you would go off too, if you drank too much of it." Letter penned by English poet laureate Robert Southey in 1812.

"At the beginning of the 19th century soda water consisted of nothing but water, a little soda, and sometimes a bit of flavoring. Soon someone thought to force gas into the water and to keep it there under pressure, the soda water sparkling and foaming when the pressure is removed and the gas escapes. The soda was kept under pressure in cylinders that came to be called 'soda fountains'...the sparkling, popping soda that came out of the fountains probably was responsible for the name POP for SODA long before soda was bottled." Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins, Robert Hendrickson, 1987.

"SODA POP and SODA WATER: American men and women were asking for naturally effervescent 'soda water' at 'soda water fountains,' and 'soda shops' in the 1820s. It was healthy, refreshing, and demonstrated one's temperance. Such natural soda water was also called 'seltzer' from the German 'Selterser Wasser,' an effervescent mineral water from Nieder Selters, Prussia. It was joined in 1833 by the new, man-made 'carbonated water.' By the mid 1840s people were talking about the new 'soda counters' that were being added to many pharmacies...and about local concoctions of carbonated water flavored with syrups and fruit juices which many apothecaries had created as specialties. One of the first two big flavors of the 1840s used the Simlat plant or other ginger flavoring
and was called 'sarsaparilla' (Spanish 'zarzaparilla,' 'zarza,' bramble + 'parilla,' little vine), 'sarsaparilla soda,' 'ginger pop' (the first use of the word POP), 'ginger champagne,' or even 'ginger ale'...SODA POP and a BOTTLE OF POP were still considered somewhat slangy when used by the flappers and sheiks of the 1920s." I Hear America Talking, Stuart Berg Flexner, 1976.

Frederick Marryat, an Englishman who toured America during the 1830s wrote favorably in A Diary in America (London, 1839) of "the pleasantness, amenity, and variety of the potations." While in New York for Independence Day in 1837, he was amazed to see the whole length of Broadway lined with booths "loaded with porter, ale, cider, mead, brandy, wine, ginger-beer, pop, soda-water, whisky, rum, punch, gin slings, cocktails, mint juleps, besides many other compounds, to name which nothing but the luxuriance of American English could invent a word." Drink: A Social History of America, Andrew Barr, 1999.

"Flavors were soon added to seltzers, and such mixtures were called 'soda pop' by the 1840s, but the word seltzer has continued to mean an unflavored carbonated water to this day." The Encyclopedia of American Food & Drink, John F. Mariani, 1999.

"It is uncertain when soda fountains arrived on the West Coast, but San Francisco had several ice cream saloons in the 1850s. Candy-maker H. L. Winn is credited with opening the first such business in San Francisco, soon after he arrived in 1849. Winn's Fountain Head served ice cream, strawberries, oysters, ginger pop, lemon soda, root beer, and sarsaparilla 'for lovers with their sweethearts and husbands with their better-halves,' according to a newspaper ad." Sundae Best: A History of Soda Fountains, Anne Cooper Funderburg, 2002 quoting Women of the Gold Rush, Elizabeth Margo, 1955.

"By 1859 the number of plants bottling 'Mineral Waters and Pop' had been increased to 123." (Source: 1860 United States Census) Organization in the Soft Drink Industry: A History of the American Bottlers of Carbonated Beverages, John J. Riley, 1946.
2012-09-30 03:29:05 AM  
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Overland Trout is a Montana-ism from the cattle drive days - when East Coast dwellers would pay HUGE sums for rainbow and cutthroat trout - and it means saltpork. (Pickled ham or pork). NOT BACON.

Also; a "Benny and June" is a pork-and-black-bean sandwich with butter. Common food for the caballero ("Cowboy" is a Texan term - most Montanan cattle ranchers were Scandinavian, German or French and adopted the Mexican and French slang).

A "Widow's walk" is an omelet made with blackberries and cheddar cheese, covered in brown gravy (and DAMN tasty).

"Black gold" was coffee; it was worth its weight in both gold and beef jerky (no joke - sustainable food on a long drive was very hard to find in the mid-19th Century).

...and something that no one outside of "The Ice Belt" will ever hear...

"Angel spit" - Lutefisk made from trout. Amazing, but almost impossible to make now due to the nature of its creation (pickled, brined, rotten fish. If you never knew HOW it was made, you'd agree that it's the best tasting stuff ever, and no EXTREMELY potent smell, since it's not whitefish - which is loaded with sulfites).
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