Re: Lunch Counter Lingo...

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Posted ByWalt on December 19, 2002 at 13:50:19:

In Reply to: Lunch Counter Lingo... posted byMichael on December 16, 2002 at 20:25:44:

: I recently heard the 1-15-39 show, where the gang is at the Drugstore across from the Studio. Hearing stuff like "Hit the Jackpot on Whole Wheat" and "One Tuna On Rye, No Brush, No Lather, No Rub In" was funny, and I thought it was just done to get laughs. But then I heard an episode of Fibber McGee & Molly (10-31-39) where they stop at a lunch counter and the person does similar stuff. Do these sort of Lunch Counter antics have any basis in reality, or were they just done for laughs on Radio shows?

In addition to what David said, it sounds like these 'code' were references to other radio shows and famous commercial phrases of the day mixed into the restaurant lingo.

The "no brush, no lather" sounds like a reference to the brushless shaving cream (Colgate maybe) that probably started hitting the market.

"Jackpot" is obviously a reference to game shows or give-a-ways of the time.

I have a comedy record album with a cu entitles "Eating at the Ritz" wherein the 'elite' customers order various dishes and the waiter yells back to the kitchen the restaurant code, for example:
Order: Sirloin steak, well done
Waiter: One cow gut muscle, crisp it!!


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