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Saturday, August 07, 2004

The Salad Days, or, When A Thong Was A Thong

When I was a poker-faced and dubious robot child in 1980s Iowa, I called flip-flops “thongs”, and so did everybody else. Even the smash poet Gallagher called flip-flops “thongs.” These days, however, thongs are scandalous, uncomfortable unmentionables; they are not footwear. I have come to terms with this modern distinction. But have the others? I fear I shall never know.


Blogger kari said...

someone once asked me, "what do you call the footwear on your feet?" i knew what they were implying. i replied, "i used to call them thongs. now those days are gone. now they are flip-flops."
i propose to start a revolution of calling them thongs again. are you with me? can i get an "amen?" can i get a witness? testify!

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