Monday, May 3, 2010

Lifting Latches, Drinking Rounds (Rounds, Rounds)

You and me burning matches
Lifting latches
On our way back home
(Paul McCartney, "Two of Us")

This one's for the archives.  The following tid-bit, explaining the real meaning of "lifting latches," was passed on courtesy of the "Fab Forum", which is hosted at the magnificent Beatles Bible web site.


latch-lifter n. [Scouse (Liverpool) argot] 1 The price of admission, leading to the possibility of free rounds. 2 The HACKER effort expended to gain initial access to a site.

The Stoic ethics of Merseyside pub crawling demands that you pay for your first bevvy (drink), figuratively "lifting the latch" and gaining a valued place at the bar as a bona-fide customer.  Thereafter, endless ploys are available to sponge from friend and stranger.

(taken from Stan Kelly-Bootle, The Computer Contradictionary, p. 111 - check it out here)

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