Saturday, June 09, 2018

Turns of phrase …

… The Lost Lingo of New York City’s Soda Jerks - Gastro Obscura. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

Behind the counter were the soda jerks. Their responsibilities were many—breaking and draining eggs with one hand, carving chicken, remembering orders, pulling the correct spigots and spindles on the drugstore soda fountain. But most of all, the Times reported, “the prime requisite of their station is the ability to bandy words.”

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