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#78439 08/19/02 01:02 PM
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No direct relation to word origin, but..
When I was a child, we went to the Netherlands on holiday. The breakfast at the hotel was unforgettable. Among many other things there were those chocolate sprinkles on the table, to be sprinkled on the buttered bread. And we were told they are called "gestampte muisjes", which means: crushed mice.


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Oh what i remember about breakfast in Amsterdam was "NY deli"-- hard crisp rolls, and thin, thin slices of ham, saugages, cheese, mustard, pickles and onions.
Served with great strong coffee!

but what a word, what an image! Crushed Mice!

(we have covered some of terms like this before-- so if this sets anyone thinking, you might want to search your term first.. One thread covered names for pasta shapes.. vermicelli-- little worms! and one was about funny names for other foods like pastries.. nun's fart! comes to mind!)


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Over here, I think that "Jimmies" (a term I'd never come across before) are what we call either "Chocolate Vermicelli" (posh name) or "Mouse Dirts." This ties in very nicely with wsieber's and of troy's ideas.


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Gestampte muisjes--of course! GM = Jimmy. I was surprised that no one mentioned that a Jimmy is a truck... [tongue in cheek e]


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One reason why they would never be called "Jimmies" over here is that the word was a very usual piece of rhyming slang - a contraction for "Jimmy Riddle."




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Jimmy is a truck? Or sprinkles?

I always though jimmy was what you did to the window when you were trying to sneak back into the house without your Mom & Dad noticing. Jimmy = pry, chez nous.


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Hey! My old pappy was known as Jimmy. Not a Glaswegian, but he *was born in Paisley, which ain't all that far from Glesga.


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When I was a child, we went to the Netherlands on holiday. The breakfast at the hotel was unforgettable. Among many other things there were those chocolate sprinkles on the table, to be sprinkled on the buttered bread. And we were told they are called "gestampte muisjes", which means: crushed mice.
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oooh, sorry, as someone of dutch origin I have to disagree on this one - muisjes are the tiny little pink and white aniseed balls that you sprinkle on your bread. The chocolate stuff is called 'hagelslag' (not sure how to describe how to pronounce that one though!).

Back to the original topic, jimmies or jim-jams were what we called our pyjamas when we were little. Hadn't ever heard of the words referring to anything else. Are these American usages or are they found elsewhere?


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Jimmie
1) a G M truck (pick up/suv type truck)
3) childish name for pyjamams
3) (verb) forcing a window (or door) open
4) chocolate sprinkles for ice cream or cookies
5) generic nickname for Glaswegians
6) a bit of rude rhyming slang.
7) a common nickname for boys named James
8) ? any More?


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5) ? (was there an other one?)

5) A Glaswegian.


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