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By Pat Reischour
An old SI name:
Frank Scarangello, 89
CEO of Scaran Heating and Air Conditioning
THS, Class of '42. Also founding member of South Shore Band.
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A SHOT OF WHISKEY
In the old west a .45 cartridge for a six-gun cost 12 cents, so did a glass of whiskey. If a cowhand was low on cash he would often give the bartender a cartridge in exchange for a drink. This became known as a shot of whiskey.
THE WHOLE NINE YARDS
American fighter planes in WW2 had machine guns that were fed by a belt of cartridges. The average plane held belts that were 27 feet (9 yards) long. If the pilot used up all his ammo he was said to have given it the whole nine yards.
BUYING THE FARM
This is synonymous with dying. During WW1 soldiers were given life insurance policies worth $5,000. This was about the price of an average farm, so if you died you "bought the farm" for your survivors.
IRON CLAD CONTRACT
This came about from the ironclad ships of the Civil War. It meant something so strong it could not be broken.
PASSING THE BUCK / THE BUCK STOPS HERE
Most men in the early west carried a jack knife made by the Buck knife company. When playing poker it as common to place one of these Buck knives in front of the dealer so that everyone knew who he was. When it was time for a new dealer the deck of cards and the knife were given to the new dealer. If this person didn't want to deal he would "pass the buck" to the next player. If that player accepted then "the buck stopped there".
The Mississippi River was the main way of traveling from north to south. Riverboats carried passengers and freight but they were expensive so most people used rafts. Everything had the right of way over rafts which were considered cheap. The steering oar on the rafts was called a "riff" and this transposed into riff-raff, meaning low class.
The Old English word for "spider" was "cob".
SHIP STATE ROOMS
Traveling by steamboat was considered the height of comfort. Passenger cabins on the boats were not numbered. Instead they were named after states. To this day cabins on ships are called staterooms.
Early beds were made with a wooden frame. Ropes were tied across the frame in a criss-cross pattern. A straw mattress was then put on top of the ropes. Over time the ropes stretched, causing the bed to sag. The ownerwould then tighten the ropes to get a better night's sleep.
These were floating theaters built on a barge that was pushed by a steamboat. These played small town along the Mississippi River. Unlike the boat shown in the movie "Showboat" these did not have an engine. They were gaudy and attention grabbing which is why we say someone who is being the life of the party is "showboating".
OVER A BARREL
In the days before CPR a drowning victim would be placed face down over a barrel and the barrel would be rolled back and forth in an effort to empty the lungs of water. It was rarely effective. If you are over a barrel you are in deep trouble.
Heavy freight was moved along the Mississippi in large barges pushed by steamboats. These were hard to control and would sometimes swing into piers or other boats. People would say they "barged in".
Steamboats carried both people and animals. Since pigs smelled so bad they they would be washed before being put on board. The mud and other filth that was washed off was considered useless "hog wash".
The word "curfew" comes from the French phrase "couvre-feu", which means "cover the fire". It was used to describe the time of blowing out all lamps and candles. It was later adopted into Middle English as "curfeu", which later became the modern "curfew". In the early American colonies homes had no real fireplaces so a fire was built in the center of the room. In order to make sure a fire did not get out of control during the night it was required that, by an agreed upon time, all fires would be covered with a clay pot called a "curfew".
BARRELS OF OIL
When the first oil wells were drilled they had made no provision for storing the liquid so they used water barrels. That is why, to this day, we speak of barrels of oil rather than gallons.
HOT OFF THE PRESS
As the paper goes through the rotary printing press friction causes it to heat up. Therefore, if you grab the paper right off the press it's hot. The expression means to get immediate information.
There, don't you feel smarter now?
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"Lexophile" is a word used to describe those that have a love for words, such as "you can tune a piano, but you can't tuna fish", or "to write with a broken pencil is pointless."
A competition to see who can come up with the best lexophiles is held every year in an undisclosed location. This year's winning submission is posted at the very end.
.. When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.
.. A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.
.. When the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A.
.. The batteries were given out free of charge.
.. A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.
.. A will is a dead giveaway.
.. With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.
.. A boiled egg is hard to beat.
.. When you've seen one shopping center you've seen a mall.
.. Police were summoned to a daycare center where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
.. Did you hear about the fellow whose entire left side was cut off? He's all right now.
.. A bicycle can't stand alone; it's just two tired.
.. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.
.. The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine is now fully recovered.
.. He had a photographic memory which was never developed.
.. When she saw her first strands of grey hair she thought she'd dye.
.. Acupuncture is a jab well done. That's the point of it.
.. Those who get too big for their pants will be totally exposed in the end.
This is for you old folks. For those of us who grew up during this era, it likely didn't seem special at the time. Now that we can reflect on our youth it was a simpler time and special. The starting of rock'n'roll music, the dances, the fashions (check out the "Tony Curtis" hairstyles on the guys) and the Cars! Enjoy. Turn up the volume, sit back and remember all the wonderful memories . This music is unforgettable and will be ours forever!
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|2)Linda Kuczera (Margolis) THS||'65|
|2)Irene Grant (Peterson)||'55|
|5)John V. Burnham||'60|
|7)Georgia Ruberg (Nisi)||'62|
|7)Diane Ryan (Yervasi)||'68|
|8)Peggy Wanaselja (Muntz)||'67|
|8)Rose Destefani (Taylor)||'52|
|9)Grace Hall (O'Keefe)||'60|
|11)Dianne Muller (wife of Charles Muller THS||'60)|
|13)MaryAnn Santulli (Palmer)||'69|
|15)Margaret Porter (Pluta)||'60|
|15)Linda Heinbockle (Huegli)||'59|
|16)Ruth Burney (Doran)||'67|
|16)Elizabeth Pantzer (Hauber)||'62|
|17)Carmelia Vaiana (Morrissey)||'58|
|19)Marion Taylor (McClarin)||'58|
|20)Marsha Pierce (Cox)||'59|
|21)Charles "Chuck" Bourne||'59|
|23)Patricia "Trish" Messana (Cirigliano-Vitale)||'65|
|23)Doris Odson (Whitman)||'56|
|24)Joanne Irish (wife of David Irish- THS||'65)|
|25)Joanne Greten (Carlsen)||'61|
|27)Joyce Appelt (Simonson)||'60|
|27)Rosemarie Minarik (Karr)||'57|
|30)Patsy Garrigan (Morris)||'57|
|30)Alan "Al" Carey||'67|
|1)Barbara Luxhoj (McKenna)THS||'68|
|3)Sue Vukek (Campbell)||'69|
|3)Joan Yaughn (Rhinehart)||'61|
|4)Judith "Judy" Swanson (Anderson)||'57|
|5)Lucy Gonzalez (Amar)||'68|
|6)Bruni Cruz (Hansen)||'60|
|6)Mary Grant (Searl)||'59-||'61|
|7)Laraine Bridge (Bivolcic)||'58|
|8)Walter H."Walt" Casey||'56|
|10)Jeannie Eagle (Garbe)||'66|
|11)Joyce Moccia (DelleDonne)||'60|
|11)Carolyn Mason (Loblein)||'51|
|12)Susan Maxemow (Reekie)||'65|
|14)Fran Herman (Grippo)||'60|
|16)Kristin Cole (Port)||'62|
|18)Barbara Finley (Pellikan)||'60|
|18)Diane Jaekels (Fithian)||'62|
|19)Sandy Crocker (Wilson)||'69|
|19)Nancy Osmundsen (Jolicoeur)||'60|
|20)Darlene Zappone (VanTine)||'58|
|25)Diane DelGrosso (Walsh)||'59|
|25)Toni DiBenedetto (Torocco)||'62|
|26)Muriel Peersen (Dahlstrom)||'58|
|26)Connie Kalriess (Koprowicz)||'77|
|26)Dorothy Darago (Katz)--RetiredTeacher-THS|
|30)JeanMarie Victory (Norman)||'67|