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63124.  Fri Mar 31, 2006 12:40 pm Reply with quote

Where would you see Adam íní Eve haemorrhage belch water, warts, and a bucket of cold mud?

A: In an American Diner.

Adamíní Eve is diner slang for two poached eggs. Haemorrhage is ketchup, belch water is soda water, warts are olives and a bucket of cold mud is a portion of chocolate ice-cream.

According to Richard JS Gutman, author of the excellent and imaginatively titled work - ĎAmerican Dinerí Ė the mobile diner was invented by newspaper man Walter Scott in Prividence, Rhode Island, in 1872.

Scott, who worked on The Providence Journal, realised that there was nowhere to buy food for the journos working the late shift, so the next day he returned with a box of sandwiches which sold out immediately. His business soon prospered and he soon bought a cart to which he then attached a horse. The mobile diner was born.

An American Diner museum has been established in Scottís memory. According to the museum:

A true "diner" is a prefabricated structure built at an assembly site and transported to a permanent location for installation to serve prepared food. Webster's Dictionary defines a diner as "a restaurant in the shape of a railroad car."
The word "diner" is a derivative of "dining car" and diner designs reflected the styling that manufacturers borrowed from railroad dining cars. A diner is usually outfitted with a counter, stools and a food preparation or service area along the back wall. Decommissioned railroad passenger cars and trolleys were often converted into diners by those who could not afford to purchase a new diner.

When you are next Stateside, watch out for:

A bucket of hail: a glass of ice
Looseners: prunes
Hounds on an island: Sausages on beans
Zeppelins in a fog: saugages in mashed potatoes
Burn the british: toasted muffin
Mike and Ďike: Salt and Pepper
Eve with a lid on: Apple Pie
Adamís ale: Water


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