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Old 07-06-2008, 09:32 AM   #1
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Sunday Special- Diner Slang- 1920 to 1970

Sunday Special- Diner Slang- 1920 to 1970

Are you old enough to remember the colorful language used by the waitress to communicate to "Shortie" ?
(every Short-Order Cook was named "Shortie", or so it seemed).
When she said these phrases, what was she really saying ?

This is an FYI quiz, and it doesn't count toward your "Final Grade" so have fun with it !!

1. Adam & Eve on a raft
2. Burn one
3. a crowd
4. Bullets (or sometimes, Whistleberries)
5. Burn the British
6. BowWow
7. ..and hold your breath
8. Clean the kitchen
9. Bridge party
10. Feed the Rabbit
11. Draw one with a life preserver
12. ................and take it for a walk, or........Put wheels on it
13. Hold Mike and Ike
14. Cowboy Breakfast
15. On the Hoof
16. Wreck 'em
17. Dough well done........ Whiskey Down..........with Cow to Cover
18. First Lady Swimming
19. In the Alley
20. Murphy................Murphy and Mug him.........Murphy's wife
21. Noah's kid..............Noah's kid overboard
22. Fly cake
23. Irish Turkey.................Irish Turkey, Smothered
24. Hounds in the Hay
25. Houseboat
26. Blood
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1. Poached eggs on toast
2. Put a burger on the grill
3. Three of anything
4. Baked beans
5. toasted English Muffin
6. Hot Dog
7. No Onions
8. Customer orders Hash
9. Four of anything
10. salad
11. Donut and coffee
12. pack an order to go
13. no salt or pepper
14. Western Omelet
15. Meat done Rare
16. Scramble the eggs
17. White Toast......Rye Toast.................Buttered
18. Ribs with extra sauce
19. Serve on the Side
20. Potatoes.........Mashed Potatoes..................French Fries
21. Ham Steak...............Ham Steak with Gravy
22. Raisin Bread
23. Corned Beef..........Corned Beef and Cabbage
24. Hot Dogs with Sauerkraut
25. Banana Split
26. Ketchup

Now have a good time putting together your order; here's mine

"Burn one on the hoof, with Blood,
Breathe on it; Murphy's wife in the alley, and put wheels on it ! "

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Old 07-07-2008, 01:13 PM   #2
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Your right, lt.
Jeapardy felt like so long ago.

Some I knew, some I figured out.
1, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 16,
19, 24, 25, 26.

I think that's the most I've gotten correct ever.

Thanks, l.t.
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Old 07-07-2008, 01:18 PM   #3
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amazing, QS............... you weren't supposed to get ANY .............
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:03 PM   #4
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I've always been fascinated with that whole "dinerspeak". Why do you suppose it started?
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Old 07-07-2008, 10:21 PM   #5
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I would love to know the evolution of dinner speak. When I first started cooking some of it was still in use. And some where in one of my cook books I have a long list of dinner speak. I dig it out and post it. It is a big piece of cooking Americana.
possibly started in the old diners, greasy spoons of years ago
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Old 07-08-2008, 08:15 AM   #6
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TWO ARTICLES OF INTEREST

A little history................
BBC - h2g2 - American Diner Slang

And a big list..................
Diner lingo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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I hadn't seen this until now. Okay, here's how I did:

1. Poached eggs on toast (I knew it was eggs and toast, but didn't know they were poached)
2. Nope
3. Three of anything (guessed)
4. Nope
5. toasted English Muffin (guessed)
6. Hot Dog (guessed)
7. No Onions (I got this backwards and thought it meant add onions)
8. Nope
9. Nope
10. salad (I thought lettuce, not salad)
11. Nope
12. I had heard this one before but didn't remember.
13. Nope
14. Nope (I was thinking steak and eggs)
15. Meat done Rare
16. Scramble the eggs
17. Nope
18. Nope
19. Nope
20. Nope
21. Nope (I figured ham, but that's all)
22. Nope
23. Nope
24. Nope (figured hotdog, but didn't think of sauerkraut)
25. Nope
26. Nope (sheesh, should have gotten that one!)

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Old 07-09-2008, 07:32 AM   #8
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Good morning, l.t.
I just saw this again.
Why was I not supposed to get any?
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Old 07-09-2008, 07:35 AM   #9
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'cause it's an FYI quiz, which means that I didn't really expect anybody to remember any of this stuff..............Y'all sure fooled ME !
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