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going to different schools together
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Momma used to use the expression “we went to different schools together”.   She had bosom buddies that dated back to childhood, but this expression identified buddies that were instantly sympatico, as warm and close as those with old school chums.  

I was born in the Truman administration, but my siblings say it appeared to be something she’d used since the 1930s and not new even then.   On the other hand, I’ve never heard the expression used by anyone who didn’t get it from her.

Google tells me that a Pittsburgh band used that as an album title in 1970, and a 1972 book of “one stagers for golden agers” a character trying to pick up a girl with that as a non-sequitur.   I can find nothing in the sense that my mother used it, even though a Google n-gram search hits on “different schools together” as far back as the late 19th century.

I find it hard to believe such a useful phrase has survived into a third century without anyone noting a definition. obviously, my research skills are seriously insufficient to the task.   Anyone know anything about going to different schools together?





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I have never heard this but when I saw your title I knew instantly what it meant.   It reminds me of the phrase, “a brother of a different mother.”

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Or like the saying about Americans and Britons being one people divided by a common language.   (George Bernard Shaw, I think.)   I’ve never heard “going to different schools together”, either.

There’s probably a word for that. :-)

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I understand ‘different’ emphasizes how closed the relationship is, enough to stick together even when changing schools.

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