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On Fri, May 22, 2009 at 4:24 PM, Roger Mills <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> A much older use of simple "coming out" was borrowed from High Society's use of the term > for a young lady's (debutante) coming-out (presentation to Society and therefore marriageable)..

And I just found out that the grand old high school tradition of the
senior "prom" is an abbreviation for "promenade".

Funny how one can use the language for 65 years or more and still
discover things which should have been obvious at age 10.

--gary