Wednesday, April 25, 2012

V is for The Varsity, Vintage and Verisimilitude

- Someone relatively new to Atlanta told me recently she had never been to The Varsity drive-in, which opened in 1928 near the Georgia Tech campus.  I told her about some of the lingo used at The Varsity - they call a hot dog a "dog" and it comes with chili on it.  If you don't want chili, they call it a "naked dog."  A naked dog with mustard to go is a "yellow dog walking."  And so on.  It's hard to be at a place like that and be in a bad mood.  :)

- According to Eliot Glazer, "Before the fanny packs and Andrea Bocelli concerts, your parents (and grandparents) were once free-wheeling, fashion-forward, and super awesome." I first heard of Eliot's blog "My Parents Were Awesome" in an NPR interview.  His blog shows vintage photo after vintage photo of parents before they were parents, back in the day, looking cool.

- Verisimilitude - isn't that a lovely word?  I couldn't think of any more "V" things, except "View" and I've done that plenty in the challenge and just called it other things.  Here are the particulars from A.Word.A.Day:

Pronounced:
 (ver-uh-si-MIL-i-tood, -tyood)

Meaning:
 noun:
1. The quality of appearing to be true or real.
2. Something that has the appearance of being true or real.

Used in a sentence:
"There are moments in the new musical The Burnt Part Boys that mirror recent events with haunting verisimilitude."
David Rooney; Fictional Mining Town; The New York Times; May 19, 2010. 

Day 22 of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge, featuring the letter "V".  Three things that give me pleasure.

19 comments:

Cloudia said...

yes, a fun word, and POST!


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Snaggle Tooth said...

I need a Yellow Dog Walking more often! I could use the laugh-
Great blog referral! I wish I still had the trunk full of Black & Whites of my Mom flirting with the sailors n college guys before she settled down. Used to love spending rainy days in the attic!

I thought Verisimilitude was a form of pasta- well that's real... vermicelli!
yay didn't pass out today-

Betty Manousos said...

glad i learned something new today!
that is a fun word for sure!

wish you a great day from start to finish.

big hugs!

The Elephant's Child said...

Thankyou. Great post with variety. Couldn't face any of those dogs though.

Lynn said...

Cloudia -

Thank you. I run across that word from time to time and always liked it. :)

Snaggle -

It's very fast paced in the line to order food there. They call out, "What'll ya have?" I always get a dog and rings.

That is a fun blog - I like to look at it.

I'm glad you didn't pass out today!

Betty -

Big hugs and a great day to you, too!

The Elephant's Child -

That's a once in a while thing for me - The Varsity. :) Quite fun.

Granny Annie said...

I wonder what they would call a Chicago Hot Dog at the Varsity? It has relish, sweet pickles, dill spears, hot peppers, onions, tomatoes, mustard.

Vintage pictures always capture my attention.

Love the new word "Verisimilitude" and will attempt to use it sometime this week.

Can you believe the challenge is almost over? I'm going to miss reading these.

Leonora said...

I love all three! The Varsity Drive In looks like a LOT of fun. I'm going to check out the blog in #2- thanks for the lead.

Joanne said...

verisimilitude is one of my favorites!

Lucy Adams said...

We visit The Varsity in Athens, on the corner of Milledge Avenue and the Atlanta Hwy, about once a year. My youngest brother got married in Athens and had The Varsity cater the reception. My children were so impressed!

Lucy

Louvregirl said...

"yellow dog walking." How neat is that and that is the way that I like them!

Jannie Funster said...

Eliot's blog -- sounds more than awesome. Gonna check it out for sure. Very intriguing.

Wonderful V post, my dear.

Xxoo

Lynn said...

Granny Annie -

I love Chicago hot dogs! No - nothing like that at the Varsity. :)

Let me know in what context you used that word - I am delighted you want to use it.

Thank you - I've enjoyed it, but am more than ready to go back to my MWF posts. I've come up with something for X, believe it or not.

Leonora -

It is fun to go there. I can't eat there often, but I like to get a dog or a Glorified Steak (that's a hamburger with everything on it.)

Joanne -

Thank you!

Lucy -

That's neat. We had the Varsity truck cater a lunch at my church. That was fun and we got the hats, too!

lg -

Yeah? I like a dog that way, too. :)

Jannie -

Thank you - V was not too hard. :)

xo

happygirl said...

A yellow dog walking would be my choice. The Varsity sounds wonderful. Even though I work at a college, there is no college town around it. Verisimilitude, what a GREAT word. :)

LL Cool Joe said...

The Varsity looks like my kinda place!

I still have to grin at the words "Fanny pack", that sure does mean something else in the UK! :D

Fireblossom said...

You've really stuck with it, Lynn. You're almost to Z!

Lynn said...

happygirl -

I guess that area around Georgia Tech doesn't seem much like a college town either. My home town of Milledgeville, Georgia is very much a college town though.

Joe -

I can only imagine what fanny pack means over there. Hmmm.

And the Varsity is great - you must stop if you ever visit Atlanta.

FB -

I know - it's been fun. :)

Riot Kitty said...

That is a very creative use of the letter V! I am amazed at what you have come up with so far. You put Sesame Street to shame ;)

Chatty Crone said...

Good one - the Varsity an Atlanta landmark. sandie

Lynn said...

Riot Kitty -

Thank you! It's been fun. :)

Sandie -

It is - I haven't been there in a long time though.