Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Playground Social Stigma Hits SCOTUS
Justice Scalia mentioned "cooties" today in questioning the parties arguing the Florence case. That got me to thinking: I thought cooties was merely a made-up childhood game promoting the separation of boys and girls, and involving miming a sort of disinfectant spray on the school desk seat where the child of the other gender was previously seated. But I looked it up and cooties has quite a history and meaning, dating back at least to the WWI (my source: Wikipedia. Check sources cited within). I just thought it was an interesting choice of reference in a pretty serious argument. I figured that perhaps J. Scalia may be hearing cries of "cooties!" from his grandchildren.
Posted by DBorman on October 12, 2011 at 08:43 PM | Permalink
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Disinfectant spray? In my day, cootie insurance was the only available protection.
More seriously, when my son started talking about cooties, I had a similar experience when I decided to look the topic up on the internets.
Posted by: Joseph Slater | Oct 13, 2011 10:42:27 AM