A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

Recent entries:
“Did you hear about the man who was brought in by the fashion police? They questioned him over his criminal ties” (4/14)
“The taxpayers are sending congressmen on expensive trips abroad. It might be worth it except they keep coming back” (4/14)
“War is like a vacuum cleaner that sucks tax dollars out of your pocket…” (4/14)
“When Harry Potter lived under the stairs it was considered child abuse. But in New York it’s considered a $3800 studio apartment” (4/14)
Entry in progress—BP6 (4/14)
More new entries...

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

Entry from September 22, 2006
Tenny Runners (or Tennie Runners)

Tenny (or tennie) runners are tennis shoes. The term is said to be used in Texas, but is also popular in many other states.
Dallas Slanguage
Tenny Runners
A pair of athletic shoes
Google Groups: rec.food.cooking
From:  Mark J. Cintala
Date:  Sun, Jul 21 1996 12:00 am

Geez.  This *is* a neat thread.

I’m from PA, now living in TX.  I know you wonderful RFC folks will find it in your hearts to forgive me if I’m kind of immune to some stuff involving pronunciation.  I won’t get started on the Texas dialect, but I will deposit these as I go:
UMbrella, INsurance, tenny runners (if you don’t know what they are, I can’t say I blame you—I was agog when I found out, myself).
How to Talk American
by Jim Crotty
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company
Pg. 342:
tenny runners: any pair of athletic shoes. What are called “tennises” in northern Florida.
18 July 1965, Tri-City Herald (Pasco, Kennewick, Richland, WA), pg. 18 ad:
Tennie Runners.
8 September 1967, Modesto (CA) Bee, pg. A7:
The women, looking somewhat more professional, wore their tenny runners, black slacks and blouses, and pink vests—bearing the name of their sponsor, the Edd Tide Lounge.
12 December 1971, Tri-City Herald (Pasco, Kennewick, Richland, WA), pg.  7:
Or, every man in his tastes, opined the little old lady from Boistfort, who fancies tenny runners, as she kissed the nearby Pe Ell bovine by name Bessy.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Friday, September 22, 2006 • Permalink

Commenting is not available in this channel entry.