Saturday, December 14, 2013

"23 skidoo"

In the early 20th century, during more genteel times, gentlemen who were, after all, men as well, would sometimes gather at the confluence of Broadway and Fifth Avenue at the Flatiron Building on 23rd Street in New York.

There, the winds blowing up and down the intersecting streets would collide and sometimes, with luck, raise the skirts of passing ladies and provide the gents with a look at a usually-unseen ankle or, on a good day, even a calf.

Police officers, being men as well, but still charged with a certain level of moral decorum, would shoo such gatherings of men away and thus, perhaps, give rise to the American slang term, "23 skidoo," meaning to leave quickly or be forced to leave quickly or "get while the getting is good."

I wonder if a time will come when there is some wider recognition that "sexy" has more to do with being dressed than undressed.

1 comment:

  1. Woo Wee! That's some jump from 23 Skidoo to how to be sexy.

    You just gots to get with the 21st century human beans and away from your distant teenaged caveman memories dude.

    Just google yourself to such helpful hints as Females: How to be Sexy and Males: How to be sexy

    My favorite is not how to be (or be with) a hot pot bellied naked dude but Are men becoming too metrosexual to be sexy?

    - E.K.