6/17/08

Brit Word of the Day.....

Today's BWOTD totally got the Hubster!

"I am off to play the fruit machines"

'Fruit Machine' = Slot Machine

Not as the Hubster thought a 'dumbass' or fruitcake! LOL

I have no clue as to why we call them this, I would hazard a guess that it may be something to do with it paying out and so it can be 'fruitful'? But that's a guess!

5 comments:

Cath said...

Isn't it something to do with the fruit on the display thingy? You know... three cherries and so on and then it pays out? I'm no expert though. :-)

Amanda said...

I think Cath's right - the original one-armed bandits all had fruit displays.

Janet said...

Cath & Amanda are right, the original machines all displayed fruit.

Also, I guess, Hubster's not too far wrong, because you've got to be a fruit to play on the things.
:-)

Little Miss Moi said...

We call them pokey machines in Australia.

Vickie said...

This is actually one of my favorite Brit words. No idea why it brings fond memories. You'd think it would be Strongbow. = )