Date: Thu, 7 Dec 1995 20:24:48 -0800
From: "Joseph P. McGowan" mcgowan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]TEETOT.ACUSD.EDU
Subject: Re: sneakers -Reply
On Thu, 30 Nov 1995, Molly Dickmeyer wrote:
Anybody else refer to the little white canvas sneaks as "bobos"? Or
(apologies for the slur) "faggy whites"?
dickmeye[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]phl.lrpub.com
`Bobos' brings back distinct and (slightly) painful memories.
Philadelphia area, late 70s to early 80s. `Bobos' as a designation I
remember being brand specific: TRAX (K-Mart brand, 2 pair for $10) or
Lotto (slightly more well-heeled at $8 a pair). The usage seemed to be
predominantly male, working class to lower middle, seemingly more often
in the Catholic schools (because of uniforms there could be fewer
displays of distinction in dress-- until gym class and the Nikes and
Converses came out). Had also heard `bozos' though this would usually be
corrected. `Bobo' was also extended into an all-purpose pejorative
modifier: `bobo season' (Big Five basketball), `bobo pizza' (frozen
slices, like Elliot's), `bobo music' (disco at the time).
Univ. of San Diego