Date: Tue, 24 Sep 1996 15:06:02 -0500
From: "Kathleen M. O'Neill" kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UIC.EDU
Subject: Re: Chinese Fire Drill
Wayne Glowka spake thusly:
I don't know the origin, but I participated in at least one such drill in
high school at a red light in San Antonio, Texas, in the late '60's. I
laughed so hard I nearly cried.
I often threaten my wife with doing one every now and then, much to her horror.
My assistant and I were discussing this event
when a couple of our Chinese student workers
began asking where the expression came from.
That pretty much stumped us, so we started
digging in vain through all sorts of references,
and it began a painfully long discussion here. :)
So I'm just trying to settle this once and for all.
Kathleen M. O'Neill
Supervisor, UIC Language Laboratory
kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uic.edu