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Time for a nooner

Posted by Bob on August 16, 2004

In Reply to: Time for a nooner posted by ESC on August 16, 2004

: : : Whats the history of this expression?

: : I've never heard this one before, but it sounds to me like it means 'time for a lunch time drink'. Which by-the-way sounds like a superb idea to me and seeing it's 12.40 here in the Blue Mountains, I'm gonna do just that.

: You know how people are so busy that they try to get things done on their lunch hour. Well...

: NOONER -- noun. 1. 1940s+ a midday alcoholic drink. 2. 1970s+ sexual intercourse, often adulterous, enjoyed around lunchtime (afternoon delight). From "Cassell's Dictionary of Slang" by Jonathon Green (Wellington House, London, 1998).

I once heard from people in St. Joseph, Missouri that the birth rate was higher in small towns because people go home for lunch. In commuter cities ... well, I guess that's where the "often adulterous" comes in.