Date: Mon, 13 Mar 1995 21:29:46 CST
From: "Krahn, Al" AKRA[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSIC.LIB.MATC.EDU
Subject: Loose meat was in Milwaukee
On Saturday I was in the same room with someone who grew up in
Cedar Rapids, Iowa and also the daughter of a butcher in Milwaukee
earlier in the century.
Indeed, MaidRites (which seems to be closer to the correct
spelling) were served in Cedar Rapids. They were ground meat on a
bun, pulverized while being cooked, apparently.
The butcher's daughter said that her mother (this must have been in
the 1930s and 40s) made "loose ground meat" or "loose hamburger,"
which was pulverized meat.
What the Sam Hill?
Wentworth and Flexner, DICT OF AMERICAN SLANG, 1975 (574) says:
1. Emphatically what? 1954 "What the Sam Hill is eating you?"
W. Henry, DEATH OF A LEGEND, 178.
2. An interj. indicating angry surprise. Colloq. Somewhat archaic.
Prob. a euphem for "what the hell!"
But "What the dickens" is Elizabethan. How did Sam Hill get in there?
Albert E. Krahn E-Mail AKRA[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MUSIC.LIB.MATC.EDU
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