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#31230 - 06/05/01 06:27 AM A Cup of Joe
squid Offline
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Registered: 05/24/01
Posts: 53
Loc: Munich, Germany
I'm an American singing in an all German acapella jazz group that sings in English. We are singing Java Jive and even I have trouble explaining the slang. what is "I'll cut a rug 'til I'm snug in a jug."? I think that cut a rug is to dance, but I thought snug in a jug referred to being tipsy. and also, what is, "A slice of onion on a raw one."? A raw what and what does it have to do with coffee??


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#31231 - 06/05/01 08:14 AM Re: A Cup of Joe
rodward Offline
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Registered: 02/13/01
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Loc: Portsmouth, United Kingdom
"I'll cut a rug 'til I'm snug in a jug."?
Firstly, the best of luck and hope you enjoy the experience. Secondly, I googled and found that there is no agreement on the exact words. "a jug/the jug", "On a raw one/and a raw one" which could make a big difference in meaning. "Snug in the jug" could mean in prison but don't know how that relates to context. The song was (according to http://home.nc.rr.com/tuco/looney/lyrics.html sung in a 1941 Loony Tunes cartoon, "Robinson Crusoe Jr.". I don't know if that helps or hinders. "Snug in the Jug" was also a 1933 film which you can buy online.[/end ad]

Rod



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#31232 - 06/05/01 08:54 AM Re: A Cup of Joe
of troy Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 10/17/00
Posts: 5400
Loc: rego park
i suspect to be in the jug -- is just an other euphemism for sex-- alot of jive songs had short lived expresssions for "scoring". As i child i knew and sang a jive song:
"Mama's little baby loves short'in, short'in,
Mama's little baby loves short'in bread"


I though the song was about shortnin bread (biscuts/scones) or better short cookies (scot's type butter cookies)
as an adult, i learned "short'in bread" was hot fast sex.

the idea of I am going to dance until i manage to convince some dance partner to have sex --makes perfect sense, and since some (most) of the slang was known only to the blacks -- it became a way to express what otherwise would have been censored lyrics.

Even some of the open lyrics where pretty far away from "main stream"-- i think of the 1930's blues song
"Coke's for horses, not for men,
they tell me it'll kill me, but don't say when
Cocaine, cocaine, run all around my brain..


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#31233 - 06/05/01 09:09 AM Re: A Cup of Joe
satin Offline
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Registered: 01/26/01
Posts: 107
Before there was so much talk of e-coli and mad cows disease people often ate raw hamburger meat as a hamburger. Mom called it a cannibal sandwich, but I am pretty sure there is another less revolting name for it, I just can't remember it right now. That is where your "a slice of onion on a raw one" originates.



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#31234 - 06/05/01 09:41 AM Re: A Cup of Joe
rodward Offline
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Registered: 02/13/01
Posts: 609
Loc: Portsmouth, United Kingdom
raw hamburger meat

the upmarket version is known as steak tartare. I used to eat it, but suffered dreadfully one time after a meal of such in Brussels. Never again.

Rod




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#31235 - 06/05/01 08:17 PM Re: A Cup of Joe
Gatsby Offline
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Registered: 10/16/00
Posts: 25
Loc: USA
the upmarket version is known as steak tartare. I used to eat it, but suffered dreadfully one time after a meal of such in Brussels. Never again.

Anyone who eats raw animal flesh should suffer...Ahhh but that's another topic, for another board...
If I haven't offended you greatly, tell me how you insert those icons into your posts... couldn't find anything under "Helpful Hints" (oxymoron that it is) I click on them, but they never show in my posts..What's the secret cannibal man?


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#31236 - 06/05/01 08:21 PM
Max Quordlepleen Offline
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#31237 - 06/05/01 09:16 PM Re: A Cup of Joe
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Anyone who eats raw animal flesh should suffer...

Dearest Gatsby, *please* tell me you wouldn't loosely include sushi in this group?? i think i'd perish without frequent sushi fixes.

i'm in the San Francisco area for a few days, and on my way to my hotel i noticed a sushi bar with the questionable name "Fuki Sushi"....i laughed so hard i almost rear-ended someone while reaching for my digital cam. i can't help but wonder if the founders had any command of english at all, not to mention the city planners who granted approval. the again, i suppose it *is* a college towm, and everyone knows sushi is a major aphrodisiac, so perhaps the name isn't as random as one would imagine.

oh, and Cannibal Sandwich sounds absolutely horrid. definitely an aptronym, though!

[/random babbling]



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#31238 - 06/05/01 10:57 PM Re: A Cup of Joe
WhitmanO'Neill Offline
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Registered: 03/13/01
Posts: 4189
Loc: Rio Grande, Cape May County, N...
questionable name, Fuki Sushi

I don't know, bridget96, I think that when some folks move to an English speaking country for the first time they just never hook-in to the "nuances." I worked a telemarketing job for five years, and a casino marketing job for another five, dealing with hundreds of names on the computer each day...some of the things you encounter are mind-boggling!
For instance, at the telemarketing gig they automatically flash the call up on a computer screen pre-dialed for you, and you just say the name. So I found myself saying, "Hello, may I please speak to Phuc Q?" And I froze, thinking, "what did I just say, I can't say that, can I?" But that was their name, a new Thai-American citizen, I guess. Tough name to go through the military with! "What's your name soldier!?" Phuc Q, sir!
AND THEN...(I remember these 'cause I actually compiled a list the names were so strange) there was a woman whose first name was Sukhdeep! It was Indian I think, and the surname made it even more humurous.
And I was, like, "could somebody please clue this poor woman in that THAT name is NOT going to work over here!" 'Course it might work wonders at a job interview! ""So, what's you name?" 'Sukhdeep.' "Well, uh...sure. And, by the way, you're hired!" I hear the sirens of the Gutter Police wailing, but I've been dying to share some of these names for years!!! Maybe I'll dig out the list so I can post "Sukhdeep's" full name...and some of the others I've forgotten. I wish I was making this stuff up, folks...but, no, I am not!

Oh, and the all-time winner I found for the worse English-speaking name ever given has to be
"Lowman Bowman"! Yikes!!! Why would anybody do that to their child??????



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#31239 - 06/06/01 04:24 AM Re: A Cup of Joe
rodward Offline
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Registered: 02/13/01
Posts: 609
Loc: Portsmouth, United Kingdom
What's the secret cannibal man?

Max has already clued you in on the emoticons, thanks Max. Without wishing to offend anyone's sensibilities, I have eaten various strange (to UK palates anyway) dishes over the years, and it is possible (I rate it at about 30%) I may have eaten human flesh. This was in the early days of the Nigerian/Biafran war (1967) - I was a bystander not a participant and was evacuated before the main conflict. Not happy memories I'm afraid.

From innocent enquiry (admittedly with a food slant) to full food thread in 3 posts. Is this a record?

Rod


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