Date: Fri, 12 Apr 1996 08:58:34 EDT From: Larry Horn Subject: Re: childhood terms Rima asks, >>"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. Larry