Friday, December 15, 2006


Since certain people have questioned my choice of words in the last posting, let me add another unusual word to the mix: straphanger. What on earth is that, you ask? Am I the only one who has never heard this expression?

Apparently a straphanger is a commuter. A report on the evening news interviewed "straphangers" to see what they thought about the contract agreed to by the Metro Transit Authority and transit workers. A quick google/wikipedia search revealed that the term was probably first used in the late 1800's when trains had leather straps for riders to hold on to. Ya learn something new everyday.


Blogger Bense said...

German is a little more depictive there. Handschlaufe, literally "hand tap".

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