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Rude, crude...

Posted by ESC on July 18, 2000

In Reply to: Origins of a phrase posted by ESC on July 17, 2000

: : I am trying to locate the original use of the phrase "rude, crude, and socially unacceptable" for a library patron. Could anyone help me with this? Help will be much appreciated!

: I first heard it in the 1960s in West Virginia, spoken by my teacher, Mrs. Bess Kate Snyder, a memorable character. The phrase, no doubt, has an earlier origin.

Actually, now that I've had time to think about it, what Mrs. Snyder actually called us on occasion, was "rude, crude and unattractive." I found that phrase used in a student handbook I found online (using the Google search engine). I also found the other phrase, "rude, crude and socially unacceptable" online here and there. But I couldn't find either in my reference book.

Apparel advertising tobacco, alcohol, illegal substances, and/or offensive slogans is not acceptable attire at school or at school sponsored functions. Slogans considered offensive would include double meaning sexual jokes or sayings, profanity, promotion of cultic groups or clans, gang affiliated symbols or sayings, racial or social slurs. These are some examples. Sayings or graphics that are rude, crude or unattractive are inappropriate.