Date: Wed, 8 Oct 1997 16:09:30 EDT From: "" 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, feels so good, and that's a real good sign. Here comes Sally, here comes Sue, Here comes and Bobby too. etc. 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 of "pop". -- Jim