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rubber(1)

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A different term for the big, long pink or white erasers.
 
For American slang the term rubber is referred to as a condom, but originally comes from Australia to mean ‘eraser’.
Etymology : rub ‘red’ + ber. ‘rubber’ comes from "thing that rubs," 1536, from rub (v.). The meaning "elastic substance from tropical plants,” first recorded 1788, introduced to Europe 1744 by Charles Marie de la Condamine, so called because it was originally used as an eraser.
Source : “Hey you got a rubber?” ---friend 10/13/08
Last modified: 4 December 2008


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