Saturday, June 22, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
A leisure suit is a fashion of the 1970s, consisting of a shirtlike jacket and matching pants. Frequently the fabric used was double knit polyester though not all fashions using this fabric are automatically leisure. In fact, the fashion has some precedence in styles of the 70s and earlier, but only became popular when -- with the creation and popularization of synthetic materials -- unprecedented cheapness met with a culture that had come to hate formality. The leisure suit gained popularity with its promise to bring a stylish suit that could be used in formal business, but was comfortable and trendy enough for every day wear.
Preppy (also spelled preppie) is a chiefly American adjective or noun traditionally used to describe the characteristics of white Anglo-Saxon Protestants (WASPs) who attend or attended major private, secondary university-preparatory schools commonly associated with New England and the northeastern United States. These characteristics include particular subcultural speech, vocabulary, accent, dress, mannerisms, etiquette, and life view.
In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. In old England, when customers became unruly, the bartender would yell at them to mind their own "pints and quarts" and settle down. From that, we got the abbreviated phrase "mind your P's and Q's."
In Victorian England, turkeys were popular for Christmas dinners. Some of the birds were raised in Norfolk, and taken to market in London. To get them to London, the turkeys were supplied with boots made of sacking or leather. The turkeys were walked to market. The boots protected their feet from the frozen mud of the road. Boots were not used for geese: instead, their feet were protected with a covering of tar.