Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wednesday's learn and earn...


jitney   \JIT-nee\  ~ noun

DEFINITION(s) 1: a small bus that carries passengers over a regular route on a flexible schedule
2: an unlicensed taxicab

EXAMPLES: After doing some shopping along the boardwalk, we boarded a jitney whose route took us back to our hotel.

"There is a certain kind of socialite who spends her summers in the Hamptons: perhaps the daughter of a Manhattan real estate millionaire or media magnate; maybe an intern at Vogue or Sotheby's who takes the jitney on Fridays to her parents' estate on Further Lane." -- From an article by Laura M. Holson in The New York Times, June 9, 2011

DID YOU KNOW? Jitneys weren't worth a dime -- just a nickel. In the early 1900s, "jitney" was slang for "nickel," but it wasn't long before the term was applied to a new mode of public transportation that only cost a nickel. When they were introduced in American cities at the beginning of the century, vehicular jitneys could be any automobiles that carried passengers over a set route for a cheap fare, but eventually the term was applied specifically to small buses. In the mid-1900s, the word "jitney" was combined with "jeep" to create a new coinage: "jeepney," meaning "a Philippine jitney bus converted from a jeep."


This is a great on for Winter.  Buy 2 gallons of Prestone De-Icer Washer Fluid and get one of them free after mail-in rebate.  Purchase must be made between September 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012.  Just print the rebate form and fill it out, mail it together with the dated cash register receipt and the imprinted foil from the mouth of the bottle for proof of purchase.  Allow 6 - 8 weeks for your refund to arrive.

I hope everyone is having a good week so far.


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