Sunday, November 7, 2010

"One cow, make it cry," and other diner lingo

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While researching vintage restaurant ware for an earlier post, I ran across a very entertaining website called For instance, "one cow, make it cry," means a hamburger with onions. "Burn one, take it through the garden and pin a rose on it" means grill a hamburger and serve it with lettuce and tomato.

This all-American slang went by the wayside as fast-food restaurants began to take over in the 1970s. But, it is so uniquely American, I hope the retro diners and roadside cafes will keep these treasures alive.

Here are some fun examples (all from

Soup jockey = waitress
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Mike and Ike with Yum Yum = Salt and Pepper with Sugar
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City juice = glass of water
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Cluck and grunt with a stack of Vermont =
eggs and bacon with pancakes and syrup
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Butcher's revenge in a fog = meatloaf and mashed potatoes

Nervous pudding = Jello
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Eve with a lid on = apple pie
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  1. That is hilarious. Love the nervous pudding one. Thanks for sharing.
    Window On The Prairie

  2. It is funny, isn't it! A very descriptive language indeed. Thanks, Suzanne!