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Nice butt shot Gordon, thanks for that!! *LOL* Hope that wasn't a subliminal message....
As far as having a butt shot forum, I'm all for it as that seems to be the standard Mother Nature pose for almost all birds "oh oh, the photographer is here, show her your butt!"
 
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PJohnP said:
Rich Gibson said:
The bee's knees means it is "cool" as we old-timers used to say in the 1960's.

Now does anyone know the origin of 23 skidoo?

As for 23 skidoo, it's not clear as to the origin. I've heard it ascribed to Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, the name of a mining encampment, telegraph lingo, and furthest back, as a battlefield expression from the U.S. Civil War.

John P.
In New York there is a very thin, pie-shaped building on 23rd street. It's sometimes known as the flat-iron building. You'd probably recognize it if you saw it.

This occurred around the turn of the 19-20th century or just after. Because of the unique shape of the building on windy days there were all sorts of unpredictable gusts which would play havoc with the ladies' skirts. Word got around to the men in town that you could check out the chick's ankles (that's about all one could see because of their length). Because of this disgraceful behavior policemen would patrol this area to protect the womens' honor and gave the mashers "the 23 skidoo." Roughly equivalent to "get lost you creep."

It became a way of explaining that a guy's advances were rebuffed. "She gave me the old 23 skidoo."

And now you know ther rest of the story.......yawn.

Now could someone explain where "BOY HOWDY" a common expression in the deep south, came from?


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Rich Gibson said:
In New York there is a very thin, pie-shaped building on 23rd street. It's sometimes known as the flat-iron building. You'd probably recognize it if you saw it.

This occurred around the turn of the 19-20th century or just after. Because of the unique shape of the building on windy days there were all sorts of unpredictable gusts which would play havoc with the ladies' skirts. Word got around to the men in town that you could check out the chick's ankles (that's about all one could see because of their length). Because of this disgraceful behavior policemen would patrol this area to protect the womens' honor and gave the mashers "the 23 skidoo." Roughly equivalent to "get lost you creep."

It became a way of explaining that a guy's advances were rebuffed. "She gave me the old 23 skidoo."

And now you know ther rest of the story.......yawn.

Now could someone explain where "BOY HOWDY" a common expression in the deep south, came from?
The Flatiron building was put up in 1902. It's at 23rd, Broadway, and 5th. I used to work not far from it and know it well.

But the origin of "23 skidoo" may predate the Flatiron, coming from the Civil War era.

"Boy Howdy" is also a mid-western expression. I picked it up working there maybe fifteen years ago. Don't where it comes from...


John P.
 
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