In doing some research, I recently came upon a wonderful website which has a fabulous dictionary of "Diner Lingo," you know, the rich, descriptive and often hilarious language used in those greasy spoons and burger joints by gum-snapping waitresses and short-order cooks. (Okay, that's a stereotype -- but admit it, you did form an immediate picture!) The ingenuity of speakers of the English language never ceases to amaze me, ever enriching our living, breathing vernacular!
For example, in American Diner Slang, Adam 'n' Eve are two poached eggs.
Some other phrases worth a hoot and a half include:
Bark, Bow-wow, or Bun pup: hot dog
Eve with a lid on: apple pie
Burn one, take it through the garden and pin a rose on it: hamburger with lettuce, tomato and onion
Cluck and grunt: eggs and bacon
Dough well done with cow to cover: buttered toast
Drag one through Wisconsin: put cheese on it
Eternal twins: ham and eggs
Family reunion: chicken and egg sandwich
Foreign entanglements: spaghetti
Gentleman will take a chance: an order of hash
Hot Blonde in the sand: coffee with cream and sugar
Jayne Mansfield: a tall stack of pancakes
Mike and Ike: salt and pepper shakers
Nervous pudding: bowl of Jell-O
On the hoof: cooked rare
Put a hat on it: add ice cream
Sinkers and suds: doughnuts and coffee
Skid grease: butter
Steaming Idaho: baked potato
A thousand on a plate, and whistle berries: baked beans
Two dots and a dash: Two fried eggs with a strip of bacon
Zeppelins in a fog: sausages with mash potatoes
Well, there's plenty more where that came from at Diner Lingo!
Sorry if I made you hungry!
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