Date: Thu, 7 Dec 1995 20:24:48 -0800 From: "Joseph P. McGowan" 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"? > > Molly > dickmeye[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] > `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). J.McGowan English Univ. of San Diego