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#171452 - 11/19/07 10:53 AM Pinchbeck
midimil Offline
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I was always intrigued by the line from the song "Ya Got Trouble" from the musical "The Music Man" that went like this: "Well the next thing you know your son is playing for money in a pinchback suit..."

I always assumed that was "pinchback" connoted a style of tailoring, perhaps with pleats on the back of the jacket. Maybe the word, however, was actually "pinchbeck," as in a fabric that was some sort of counterfeit of a more expensive fabric.

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#171453 - 11/19/07 11:11 AM Re: Pinchbeck [Re: midimil]
tsuwm Offline
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pinch-back over pinchbeck.

-joe (six to nothin') friday

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#171454 - 11/19/07 12:39 PM Re: Pinchbeck [Re: tsuwm]
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Originally Posted By: tsuwm
pinch-back over pinchbeck.

-joe (six to nothin') friday


yeahbut«
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#171455 - 11/19/07 12:54 PM Re: Pinchbeck [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
BranShea Offline
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Webster online sure has a lot of synonyms

Deception: Untrue; mock, sham, make-believe, counterfeit, snide, pseudo, spurious, supposititious, so-called, pretended, feigned, trumped up, bogus, scamped, fraudulent, tricky, factitious;bastard; surreptitious, illegitimate, contraband, adulterated, sophisticated; unsound, rotten at the core; colorable; disguised; meretricious, tinsel, pinchbeck, plated; catchpenny; Brummagem.

Ornament: Finery, frippery, gewgaw, gimcrack, tinsel, spangle, clinquant, pinchbeck, paste; excess of ornament; (vulgarity); gaud, pride.



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#171456 - 11/19/07 01:33 PM Re: Pinchbeck [Re: BranShea]
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looking up both pinchback and pinchbeck, it seems to me the word in the song would/should be pinchbEck:

adjective - appearing valuable, but actually cheap or tawdry.

though perhaps it's not.


Edited by etaoin (11/19/07 01:35 PM)
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#171458 - 11/19/07 03:42 PM Re: Pinchb[e/a]ck Trouble [Re: tsuwm]
Aramis Offline
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May want to consider that source includes "three-reail billiard shot". So many posted lyrics are flawed, as if recorded in text from listening to the selection.
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#171459 - 11/19/07 03:47 PM Re: Pinchb[e/a]ck Trouble [Re: Aramis]
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Originally Posted By: Aramis
May want to consider that source includes "three-reail billiard shot". So many posted lyrics are flawed, as if recorded in text from listening to the selection.


hence my yeahbut«.
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#171464 - 11/19/07 04:53 PM Re: Pinchb[e/a]ck Trouble [Re: Buffalo Shrdlu]
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hence my "six to nothin'" notation; to wit, try googling "for money in a pinchback suit" (or pinch back / pinch-back) vs. the alternative. the "s are important.

of course, everyone could have it wrong.

-ron o.

edit: there is one(1) hit for pinchbeck -- it seems to be from an NPR radio transcript, which you can buy.


Edited by tsuwm (11/19/07 05:07 PM)

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#171467 - 11/19/07 05:41 PM Re: Pinchb[e/a]ck Trouble [Re: tsuwm]
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good stuff from WWW: pinchbeck

and t, that's what I figured you meant.
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#174227 - 03/05/08 01:28 AM Re: Pinchbeck [Re: midimil]
The Pook Offline
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Pinchbeck is a metal alloy. It is used for things like photo frames. Its main use was in the 19th century for the preserver matts and frames around daguerreotypes and ambrotypes. When used in this context in America it is called Preserver. Pinchbeck is its British name.

Here is an example of a Pinchbeck preserver frame from my daguerreotype collection:


Edited by The Pook (03/05/08 01:32 AM)

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