Posted by TheFallen on March 14, 2002
In Reply to: The white glove test posted by Marian on March 14, 2002
: As I understand this phrase, it refers to an inspection of a room for cleanliness. The idea is that, if the room is sufficiently clean, the inspector would be unable to find a speck of dust, even if he/she were to don white cotton gloves and run a gloved finger along every surface. I seem to remember this phrase from the late 50s/early 60s. I wonder if it's got a military origin or if it's just a relic from a TV commercial.
It's military. For many years, vicious NCO's have used a white glove to test to see if the squaddies have got their barracks to ridiculously clean standards. They would claim that it's character-forming, I suppose.