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February 23, 2010

What, pray tell, is a snot rag?

snot ragsKids these days, blowing their snot into a rag and then wearing it like a hat.


Back in my day, we ain't use no rags -- we blew our snot into our hands, and shook hands with other folks, like gentlemen.

But oh no ... these kids just can't be stopped. It's such a terrible issue, Dead Freddie's went and made a rule about it. It's on their Official Dress Code.

Seriously, does not knowing what a snot rag is make me an old geezer? I feel like one.

To better understand the snot rag culture, I looked up the term on Urban Dictionary (witness). ...

There, a snot rag is defined as "handkerchief; tissue; kleenex"


"Common slang in western militaries for tissue paper or any paper used to wipe a nose. Reflects the fact that tissue paper in the military was often just really crappy quality toliet paper."


So, Dead Freddie's must be having trouble with members of the western military and their poor quality tissues. Yes, I see where that can be troublesome. Ban snot rags first and ask questions later, I say! Better yet, don't even ask, and I won't even tell.

(Photo by me)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 10:40 AM | | Comments (9)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Random stuff


It's called keeping the crud of society out and it's not just Dead Freddies. Padonia Station and Max's do it too and I have no problem with it.

The crud of society? Or the snot of society? Who nose?

I would think that means a bandanna. Had an ex that carried one all the time for the purpose of nose blowing and snot removal.

Snot rag is synonymous with handkerchief.
used in the context shown above, it is those large colorful handkerchiefs that pirates use as doo rags, so doo rag and snot rag are 2 names for the same thing. the older doo rags were just handkerchiefs folded and placed on the head in the jack sparrow look. then some enterprising soul started making head covers specifically for the doo rag look.
perhaps I understand the reasoning behind disallowing those articles of clothing listed, but I'm not sure I would frequent an establishment that calls a handkerchief a "snot rag".

Yes, snot rag is synonymous with handkerchief but I agree with Meekrat that they probably mean "Bandana."

I'm assuming this is done to not allow people like this into their club:

Is this dress code fair? No, its snot.

Great that Dead Freddies has a dress code. Too bad though that the last time I was there they charged my friends and I a cover charge 30 minutes before they were supossed to. I didn't want to go in but I found out my friends already paid so I had to go in. That place has gone downhill.

yes, i stand corrected, bandanna was what I was going for not handkerchief. thanks!

ah, snot rags, my grandfather called tissues/kleenex snot rags... this story makes me feel nostalgia for those days when I was a wee lass in the country and he yelled at me to clean up my snot rags.

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