Posted by ESC on July 02, 2005
In Reply to: Kid old sock old bean. posted by Bob on July 01, 2005
: : Kid old sock old bean.
: : My Dad used to call me this all the time. Any ideas?
: I have an idea he liked you.
It sounds like college slang to me. I can hear Jimmy Stewart saying it so I must have heard it in an old movie. One reference says "old bean" dates from the 1910s and is a jocular term of address, usually to a man. It could be from "bean" for head or "being." From "Cassell's Dictionary of Slang" by Jonathon Green (Wellington House, London, 1998).