Date: Mon, 10 Jul 1995 22:18:55 -0400
From: James C Stalker stalker[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU
Subject: Re: milk can dinner
I wonder if this use of "can" is related to the use of "pail" in "lunch
pail," the term we used as kids in Texas for what others call a "lunch
kit," although somewhere I've heard the term "lunch bucket." Sour bologna
was bad enough in a metal box with a latched lid. Taking lunch in an
actual pail or bucket sounds somehow depressing. You could get a lot of
food in a milk can, however.
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Verrry interesting for a Texan to use a "pail." Aren't Texans supposed to
fall within the old S. Midland group, hence bucket people rather than pail
people? In KY in the 50's lunch bucket was common, but only for grown-ups.
Kids used lunch boxes or bags. I guess some might have used the Shedd's peanut
butter buckets, but I don't remember any at Penile Elementary School.