SoCS – The Sound of OOP

Linda threw us for a loop with her prompt this week.

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “oop.” Find a word with the “oop” sound in it and use it in your post. Enjoy!

The first thing that came to mind when I read the prompt yesterday was the song Alley Oop, but I saw Melanie wrote about it, so I am mentally moving on,

Since my brain seems to be in nostalgia mode 75% of the time, I did a little time travel back to the 60s. The fashion trends for young guys in high school were moving from the 50s jeans/t-shirt vibe to a little more tailored look. Button down shirts became the rage.

In the backs of the shirts above the center pleat, was a loop. This loop known as a “locker loop” was designed to allow the shirts to be hung on a hook in say, a locker.

There was a practice of girls tugging on the loops to get a boy’s attention, but it did not stop there. Young girls figured out they could rip those loops off the backs of the shirts. It became a ‘thing’ to collect these loops – especially of your own boyfriend’s shirt. I’m not sure if manufacturers changed the construction to make it more difficult to tear the loops off, but this practice could rip a small hole in the back of the shirt.

The local mothers were not too pleased. Especially when a particularly enthusiastic girl yanked so hard she ripped a huge hole in the back of a shirt. The principal put a stop to the practice. (Or at least he thought he did.)

I remember girls who had small scrap books with pages filled with the tiny loops torn from button down shirts. Isn’t popular culture strange?