Friday, December 15, 2006

Straphanger

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.

1 Comments:

Blogger Bense said...

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

3:00 AM  

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