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Happy Birthday, tahamaki

For your present, here's yesterday's [1] Forgotten English (© Jeffrey Kacirk):

right as Roosevelt
Entirely right.
--Maurice Weseen's A Dictionary of American Slang, 1934

A Driving Force
On August 22, 1902, in Hartford, Connecticut, Theodore Roosevelt became the first American president to ride in an automobile. With the rise of the motorcar came new rules and manners, such as this one from Victor Diescher's Book of Good Manners (1923): "The laws of etiquette decree that a lady must always sit at the right of a gentleman in a carriage, trolley, or automobile. This means that if a man and a woman are being driven by a chauffeur in the man's car, the lady sits at the right. If a gentleman and a lady are being driven in the lady's car, the lady must sit on the right. If two ladies are being driven, the owner of the car may take the place at the right, or she may offer it to the other lady if that lady's rank is above her own." In 1906, President-to-be Woodrow Wilson characterized the motorcar as "a picture of the arrogance of wealth, with all its independence and carelessness," adding, "Nothing has spread socialist feeling more than the use of the automobile."

And what about them crazy kids with their long hair and their venti mocchacinos?

-The Gneech

[1] 'cause I didn't want to post today's.


( 1 comment — Leave a comment )
Aug. 23rd, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
When I first saw Right as Roosevelt, my first thought was Teddy or Franklin.

It also makes me think of the motion picture version of Arsenic and Old Lace. Bully, I say!

Abby Brewster: Oh... Do you remember, Martha, once, a long time ago, we thought if he'd be George Washington, it would be a change for him, and we suggested it.
Martha Brewster: And do you know what happened? He just stayed under his bed for days and wouldn't be anybody.
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