Date: Fri, 12 Apr 1996 08:58:34 EDT
From: Larry Horn LHORN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALEVM.CIS.YALE.EDU
Subject: Re: childhood terms
"chocolate squirrel ice cream" while with adult (or in my
case teenage) companions--or counting time in "Batmans,"
OK, I give up. What means "chocolate squirrel ice cream" or "Batmans"?
I can answer that one, although it wasn't my own childhood. The former is
kidspeak for 'chocolate swirl', i.e. vanilla injected with a vein of chocolate/
fudge. The latter refers to the use of television shows to measure time for
kids who know how long a given show lasts but haven't yet mastered the abstract
concept of 'half-hour' or 'hour'. For our kids it would have been two
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and now it's probably Power Rangers. Sort of
prisoners' use of cigarettes as medium of exchange.