Ever wonder where that phrase came from? Supposedly it came out of the dance halls when young men paid to dance with the girls for a dime. Sometimes the ladies lingered a bit too long on the floor with certain guys, so the manager would yell “Hey Edna, get offa dat dime!”.

If not true, I like it anyway, much like the way my older brother Mike remembers things from our childhood. If not true, they sound sort of plausible and are usually pretty entertaining.

Anyway, I’m trying to kick myself in the butt and start actually taking photos, rather than wishing I were. So I’ve accepted the WordPress photo-a-day in November blog challenge, and consequently needed a blog to put the photos on.

The blog challenge starts next week, so for this week here’s one to “get offa dat dime!” (Now does anybody know what getting off the shnide means?)

This photo is from a recent bike ride on the D&L rail trail in the Lehigh River Gorge.

©2014  Scott Sharadin


One thought on “off the dime

  1. What is OFF THE SCHNEID? It’s a figure of speech that means to end a losing streak — to stop a long run of negatives with a positive.

    To understand how one gets OFF THE SCHNEID, one has to understand what “the schneid” is.

    To be “on the schneid” means to be on a losing streak, racking up a series of losing, and especially scoreless, games. “Schneid” is actually short for “schneider,” a term originally used in the card game of gin, meaning to prevent an opponent from scoring any points. “Schneider” entered the vocabulary of gin from German (probably via Yiddish), where it means “tailor.” Apparently the original sense was that if you were “schneidered” in gin you were “cut” (as if by a tailor) from contention in the game. “Schneider” first appeared in the literature of card-playing about 1886, but the shortened form “schneid” used in other sports is probably of fairly recent vintage.


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