End of ADS-L Digest - 26 Nov 1997 to 27 Nov 1997 ************************************************ Subject: ADS-L Digest - 27 Nov 1997 to 28 Nov 1997 There are 10 messages totalling 364 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. G-string 2. dialect&literature 3. exchange of dialect recordings 4. "Ich bin ein Berliner" (3) 5. of(t)en and "is all" 6. a nice place to live 7. HOW TO TALK AMERICAN 8. Chop Suey ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 28 Aug 1956 04:12:09 +0000 From: Tom Dalzell Subject: Re: G-string I did some work on G STRING for SLANG OF SIN, and can offer several earlier uses of g-string (or gee-string), but I cannot offer a solid explanation of what the "G" is. The OED cites Harper's Magazine of 1891 as the first use of the term to describe the loin cloth worn by American Indians. Richard Thorton's AN AMERICAN GLOSSARY (1912) contains a slightly earlier first citation of "gee-string" - J. H. Beadle's WESTERN WILDS (1878). The term was also used to describe the brief loin cloth worn in the Philippines at least as early as 1903, predating by three decades the use of the term in the context of striptease in the 1930's. For the striptease context, the OED cites John Dos Passos in BIG MONEY (1936) as the earliest use of "geestring." Within the Tamony Collection, however, one finds a 1931 use in Bernard Sobel's BURLEYCUE (... where girls take off everything by the brassiere and the "G" string --- the narrow equivalent to the dancing belt...) The musical etymology (G string as the lowest string on the violin) is popular but probably apocryphal. I don't know Earl Wilson's discussion of "G String" and would greatly appreciate a cite if anyone can help. The big question remains - what is the "G" or the "Gee"? "Genitals" is one guess, "groin" another. I have nothing but guesses for now though. Last thought - dancers in sex clubs today often wear a "T bar" instead of a "G string." Tom Dalzell