Posted by Eileen Franklin on April 25, 2008 at 19:26:
A phrase I heard repeatedly growing up was 'Put your shoes on Lucy, don't you know you're in the city'. It was usually employed at the end of a long car ride when you were to smarten yourself up before meeting relatives. My dad, now 83, said that it was his mother's phrase and that it had something to do with not appearing to be a hillbilly, i.e. unsophisticated when going to the big city. Has anyone any origin information about this phrase or shared experience?