Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

The garters of our fathers

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | October 05, 2009 5:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: braces, cock sure, male fashions, men's garters, vintage male

They're gem-dandy, and they make you feel cocksure! Need I say more?

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The garters win - they spelled it "looser" instead of what most people nowadays write: "loser." (Or people go for what they think is the easy way out with "more loose.")

Yay for good spelling!

Wrong, Alex; check the definitions of lose (rhymes with ooze) and loose (rhymes with juice.) Only a loser would confuse the two.

Just who do you think you are? I'll have you know that my great-great-great-great-grandfather built this country with one rickety old loose garter, and his memory isn't going to be talked down to by the likes an blog commenter.

Here's lose:

1 a : to bring to destruction —used chiefly in passive construction b : damn
2 : to miss from one's possession or from a customary or supposed place
3 : to suffer deprivation of : part with especially in an unforeseen or accidental manner

and loose:

1 a : not rigidly fastened or securely attached b (1) : having worked partly free from attachments (2) : having relative freedom of movement c : produced freely and accompanied by raising of mucus d : not tight-fitting
2 a : free from a state of confinement, restraint, or obligation
b : not brought together in a bundle, container, or binding c archaic : disconnected, detached
3 a : not dense, close, or compact in structure or arrangement b : not solid : watery

The garters, like always, are grammatically correct.

Cody and Alex: Yes, Alex is correct --- but I dare both of you to diagram that sentence. Both of you neglect to point out that "lose" is a verb and "loose" is an adjective, while "loser" is a noun and "looser" is an adverb. Keep your parts of speech in order, and it becomes obvious which word to use when.

In like manner, the phrase "worn more loose" is technically incorrect; the correct form is "worn more loosely" because "loosely" is [also] an adverb that modifies the verb "worn". (And, for the clueless, "more" in this usage is an adverb that modified the adverb "loosely" and is possibly redundant.)

But how boring! ... I'm sure most readers have, by now, loosened their garters and gone to sleep.

I know, seriously. Gloria gives us garter pictures, and we discuss grammar. It's the bilerico way.

Yeah, Alex --- instead we ought to have a good ROFL about "The cocked angle makes the difference"[!]

I just noticed that ... reminds me of a old boyfriend, in fact.

And another possible language boo-boo by the company selling this project, Gem Dandy. Did they mean Jim Dandy when they filed their DBA?

"Jim Dandy" is an old expression that was used by our forefathers (and foremothers too). See
http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/10/messages/846.html. It referred to anything that was terrific above and beyond the usual.

Conservatives are always ranting about what liberals did to education...but conservatives today are just as unable to spell as their political adversaries.

Indeed, Patricia ... it's hard to judge whether they deliberately created a pun ... calling their garter product a "gem" ... or whether they were just plain Carolina hicks.