Date: Wed, 8 Oct 1997 16:09:30 EDT
From: "http://www.usa.net/~ague" ague[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]REDRCK.ENET.DEC.COM
Subject: Re: pop one's fingers
A friend of mine, African-American, reports that "finger popping" means
that one is going out for the evening, as in "Are you going out
fingerpopping tonite?" No specific activity is referred to, though dancing
is a common meaning. My friend was born in St. Louis, to parents from
Alabama and Kentucky. She says that she has heard and used the expression
most of her life.
This is exactly the same meaning I got from the Hank Ballard hit tune of the
late fifties, that a party was about to happen.
Hey now, hey now, it's finger pop - poppin' time,
Finger poppin', poppin' time,
mumble feels so good, and that's a real good sign.
Here comes Sally, here comes Sue,
Here comes mumble and Bobby too.
Of course, as teen-age males, way before Weird Al's time, my friends and I
swore that Hank was actually singing a particular four letter word in place