Sunday, April 13, 2014

You're Peachy Keen

Having heard/used this phrase most of my life, I went in search of its origin.  Some fun info I found is listed below.

peachy-keen
 adj. 1 Excellent; fine. More often than not, used ironically. 

It's worth noting that keen in the sense of "Beautiful; attractive; swell" was especially popular with teenagers and younger folk, at least in the 1950s and 1960s. Thus, Max Shulman resorts to the term frequently in his novel Dobie Gillis (1951).

In the mid-1960s, targeting a youthful audience, Nestlé marketed a powdered drink mix that fell somewhere between Kool-Aid and Tang, which it called Keen.

Thanks for reminiscing with me today!