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Origin of 'Odeon'
By Terry Smythe

In the current June 1998 issue of Call Sign, a company magazine
supporting the staff and drivers of Dial-A-Cab in London, England,
Bernie Pressman looks at the origins of some famous phrases in his
regular monthly column, "Mind Your Language".  In this issue, he
looks at a number of words and phrases from prior to World War II.

  "Going to the 'pictures' was a regular once or twice a week for
  most of us, as TV was only in its infancy.  Cinemas had such
  splendid names as the Ritz, Troxy, Dominion, Plaza, Granada and
  Odeon.  All of them sounded grand except the Odeon.  What was
  it?  Could it be Greek or Roman?  No, it came from the man who
  owned the chain, Oscar Deuith, and it stands for 'Oscar Deuith
  Entertains Our Nation'."


Terry Smythe         
55 Rowand Avenue
Winnipeg, MB, Canada  R3J 2N6  (204) 832-3982

 [ Hmmm...  I wonder how Mr. Pressman explains the 'ola' in
 [ Pianola and Victrola!   :-)  -- Robbie

(Message sent Fri 12 Jun 1998, 02:53:23 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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