Terms Which Have Disappeared

Discussion in 'The Golden Era' started by KILO NOVEMBER, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. LizzieMaine

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    I still call those stretchy waterproof things you pull over your shoes on a rainy day "rubbas" and this causes the Dear Young People no end of hilarity. I encourage them in this by yelling after them when it's inclement outside "don't f'get ta weah ya rub-bas!"
     
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  2. Hercule

    Hercule Practically Family

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    My grandmother called them "gun-boots". The ones I wore were (courtesy of my brother who was in the navy at the time) were boondockers. I loved them. So much more practical than army boots (I wore those too). I would polish them up and wear them with a tux when I performed in college. Nobody was the wiser.
     
  3. Hercule

    Hercule Practically Family

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    Somehow you sound like Catherine Hepburn when you talk like that.
     
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  4. LizzieMaine

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    I do a deadly Hepburn. Rally ah do.
     
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  5. Harp

    Harp I'll Lock Up

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    Long ago and far away, I was sergeant of an arms room for my detachment in northern Greece. Thirty Americans,
    all rifles, pistols, and ammo counted daily with inventory signed by a commissioned officer. Policy was to place a
    ribber condum over the barrel of the M16 rifle kept in stocks; then one day the US Army concluded that such application
    sweat the rifle's barrel and said practice was discontinued. This notice was given by radio and a four-star general,
    inspecting the detachment, reiterated this verbally. I promptly took off all condums, tossing them on my small desk.
    Fifty rifles, quite a tire pile. Also with the general's entourage was a chaplain, a lieutenant colonel who stuck his head
    inside the arms room to say hello. He saw the pile of condums, and his smile disappeared. My corporal assistant
    spoke up in his best Alabama twang: "The general says we can't use no rubbers, sir." :D
     
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  6. Fading Fast

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    What I find amazing is that most people under 40 never wear them, period, as they simply get their shoes wet. I don't understand that, but I see it all the time. To be sure, a few wear "rain shoes" and switch at the office, but most young men (and many young women) just walk through the rain with their regular shoes and, then, sit with wet shoes at work.
     
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  7. LizzieMaine

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    I don't get that either. Granted, most shoes today have rubber soles instead of leather, but rain -- and especially winter salt -- will do a number on anything with any leather in it at all, including these $300 dress boots I see people wearing. A pair of footwear that costs more than I spend on food in a month deserves at least some kind of protection.

    The only thing I don't like about rubbas (I use the dialect spelling to avoid confusion with, you know, the other kind) is when I forget to take them off and end up with overheated feet.
     
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  8. KILO NOVEMBER

    KILO NOVEMBER Practically Family

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    "Dry Goods" as in "Dry Goods store". I get that these were not groceries, but what exactly are dry goods? What would you buy in a dry goods store that you wouldn't find in a hardware store? I suppose you could get paint and kerosene in a hardware store, but it seems that pretty much everything else would be dry.
     
  9. Harp

    Harp I'll Lock Up

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    Salt is corrosive as hell, rain or sleet, or snow. When I was a kid in the Army salt infested Corcoran leather jump boots
    had to be cleaned with either ammonia or Gilette razor blades, then repolished to a spit shine gloss. I hate to admit
    this but a private informed me that Johnson's Floor Wax applied over Kiwi polish worked for garrison duty standards.
     
  10. LizzieMaine

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    "Dry goods" are fabrics sold off the bolts for sewing, along with notions and other sewing supplies. "Fancy goods" are often sold alongside "Dry goods" and are things like rolls of lace edging, ribbons, and other fancy trimmings.

    Most any Lum-and-Abner-style "General Store," or city Five-and-Ten featured a "dry goods counter" where such products were sold, and if you wanted better grades you could go to a dedicated "dry goods store."
     
  11. ... and then there are the "sundries".
     

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