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Sep 22 07 4:14 PM
Quote:I think people probably began pronouncing the word as "airplane" by WW2. Although, some probably stuck to the older version. I never heard my grandparents pronounce the word as anything other than "aeroplane."
Quote:Bedroom slippers were often referred to as "mules."
Sep 23 07 12:54 AM
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Quote:Steve, you silly! If you were a woman, you'd know that "mules" are a type of shoe (or slipper) without any kind of covering at the heel.
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Apr 20 08 6:37 PM
One of the phrases Phil was using all the time in 1939 was "on the beam" or "off the beam" --- somebody who knew which end was up, so to
speak. See, I can't even define it without getting all slangy on you!
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I think you're right --- there was lots of military jargon being tossed about in civilian conversation. I just listened to an episode of The
Goldbergs where Molly (the mom) is tickled to death to learn the term AWOL (though she's distressed that her best friend's son may, in fact, be
Absent Without Leave). She promptly begins showing off to her neighbors by using the term in front of them as if she's "in the know."
I'm beginning to think that Jack's calling an airport a "station" was more about the fact that the term "airport" had not really
become popular than that it was a mistake. Most airports were still being called "air fields" at that time, if I'm not mistaken. Isn't it
funny how we - as a society- settle on one term over others for new items/phenomena? When something's first introduced, we might bandy about a few
different names for it, but we usually settle on something eventually. Like cell phones, which many people called mobiles when they first became really
popular. (The British still do!) Eventually, Americans seemed to decide that "cell phone" or "cell" was the better term. I'd guess that
all terms relating to air travel were in the same fluid state throughout the late '30s and early '40s.
Speaking of air travel, I came across some funny pictures at the Library of Congress website the other day. They were taken in December 1941. Check out the
berths for sleeping! Imagine how luxurious that would feel!!
And now lets follow the stewardess into first class...
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May 27 08 10:05 PM
Great point! I feel like I've heard the term "air station" in relation to the military during my own lifetime...
Here's my useless bit of etymology trivia for the day: According to the 1945 cookbook I purchased the other day, the sandwich we today know as a
"Club" used to be called a "Country Club" ! I guess they must have first been served in a country club dining room and caught on.
Okay, I just googled the phrase and I guess it's still out there. Maybe it's only in the places where I lived that it's just called a
"Club" these days!
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