Vintage vinegar valentines: mass-produced insult cards

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5 Responses to “Vintage vinegar valentines: mass-produced insult cards”

  1. Roose_Bolton says:

    I’m hereby resurrecting the insult “two-bit chump”. How did that EVER fall into disuse?

    • Lupus_Yonderboy says:

      Probably because no one knows what “two bits” is nowadays.  It’s even more of an insult now as well, because you could actually *buy* something with a quarter when that insult was current.

      • fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

        One quarter of a byte, or half a nibble, what do I win?

        • Lupus_Yonderboy says:

          Hi-oh! *rimshot*

          I can see the “one quarter of a byte” being of more current interest than the original “twenty-five cents”, i.e. this guy is so low in worthy data that he’s a two-bit chump, kinda thing.

          • fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

            As quoth Weird Al:

            “In a 32-bit world you’re a 2-bit user;
            You’ve got your own newsgroup alt.total.loser.”

            This was back when it was a 32-bit world, and ‘newsgroup’ wasn’t a totally retro concept, mind you.

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