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Re: Toe jams

Posted by Smokey Stover on May 28, 2008 at 15:48

In Reply to: Toe jams posted by Ellen Brooks on May 28, 2008 at 09:38:

: Where did the phrase "toe jams" come from? I know what it means.

If you know what toe jam means, I needn't tell you that it is the dirt that collects between your toes, and can develop an unpleasant odor. But some others may be curious.

The Oxford English Dictionary cites, as its earliest example, a quotation from 1934, by Roy Campbell, s South African poet who lived extensively in England, in a book of memoirs ("Broken Record").