co-respondent and spectator shoes
Posted: 08 August 2008 10:31 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Michael Onions has a fine explanation of co-respondent shoes, here:
http://www.worldwidewords.org/topicalwords/tw-cor2.htm

He mentions in passing that these lounge lizard bits of foot covering are also called ‘spectator shoes’, which the OED says is of U.S. origin.  There is a reference to
spectator pumps in the old WordOrigins board, “-- Also called spectator shoe. A white shoe with a perforated wing tip and back trim, traditionally of dark brown, dark blue, or black but sometimes of a lighter color.” http://wordoriginsorg.yuku.com/reply/71899#reply-71899

Does anyone have a thought as to how such things came to be called spectator shoes?  From the co-respondent etymology, one is almost tempted (but propriety intervenes?) to think of threesomes!

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Posted: 09 August 2008 08:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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You may have brought a tear to Michael’s eye! ;-)

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Posted: 09 August 2008 09:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Previous thread on co-respondent

Co-respondents are now second respondents in British law; hmmm, second respondent shoes - doesn’t have quite the same ring, does it?

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Posted: 09 August 2008 12:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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aldiboronti - 09 August 2008 09:59 AM

Previous thread on co-respondent

Co-respondents are now second respondents in British law; hmmm, second respondent shoes - doesn’t have quite the same ring, does it?

I dunno.  To this Leftpondian ear neither of them has much af a ring.

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Posted: 09 August 2008 09:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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“I dunno.  To this Leftpondian ear neither of them has much af a ring.”

Especially of the diamond or gold variety!

PS Come to think of it - in keeping with the Times, why aren’t they called foreign co-respondents?

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