Help me figure out what this old-timey phrase means?
February 20, 2014 2:46 PM Subscribe
My buddy posted a link to this awesome digital collection of acquaintance cards from the 1870s
on Facebook recently and we've been trying to figure out what the phrase "when are you going to pay the old lady for your last week's washing," which is printed on a couple of the cards
, is referring to.
posted by pizzaslut to Writing & Language (6 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
An exact search for the phrase on Google leads to the Flickr account where the cards originated and the author doesn't know what it means either. I've tried a more general search and thus far have only come up with stuff about wages for labor in the 1870s and unrelated idioms. Any ideas?