27 January 2012

"Diner lingo"

Selections from an assemblage at Wikipedia:
Adam & Eve on a raft & wreck 'em: two scrambled eggs on toast

Baled hay: shredded wheat cereal

Cops & Robbers: Donuts and Coffee.

Customer will take a chance: hash

Don't cry over it: omit the onions

Drag it through Wisconsin: serve with cheese (e.g. a cheeseburger)

Drown the kids: boiled eggs

Fish eyes or Cat's eyes: tapioca pudding

Foreign entanglements: spaghetti

Hockey puck: a hamburger, well done

Mother and child reunion: chicken and egg sandwich

Noah's boy: a slice of ham (Ham was Noah's second son)

Put a hat on it: add ice cream

Shit on a shingle/S.O.S.: minced dried beef with gravy on toast

Two cows, make them cry: Two hamburgers with onions

Zeppelins in a fog: sausages and mashed potatoes 
 Many of these come from a column at Diner Talk.


  1. We would use "SOS" for creamed chipped beef. Maybe that's the same as minced dried beef with gravy, though.

  2. Try ordering a grilled English muffin: "burn the British."

  3. Jerry in and around DallasJanuary 27, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Oops! I didn't bother checking the list first at Wikipedia. Is my face covered with egg.

  4. Though not precisely from a diner, my brother heard a good one today. He went up to a burger stand and ordered a veggie burger with bacon. The cashier turned to the person at the grill: "One hypocrite." My brother said it was surprisingly tasty. I'm just curious how common a veggie-with-bacon is - must be reasonably so if it's acquired its own name by now.

  5. There was a kid's book...I need to google.

    ...got it! Frank and Ernest. I loved this one. every page is a diner-ism with illustration.


    "burn one, take it through the garden and pin a rose on it"

  6. Ha,ha...
    I always wondered what "shit on a shingle" was.


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