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The workers stripping homes in New Orleands destroyed by Katrina of the interior walls, carpeting, etc., are called "gutters" as they "gut" the structures so that new sheetrock, etc, can be fastened to the remaining studs.

Gutter (street)[edit]

While the first entry mentions that a gutter may be between a street and a sidewalk to direct water into a sewer, it links to "ditch" which makes no mention of this. I'm thinking that we're missing one of the most significant uses of this word. Any suggestions for correcting this? Rklawton 16:14, 21 February 2007 (UTC)

I completely agree; the street gutter is probably one of the top two most-searched-for meanings (along with rain gutter), so when I cleaned up this disambiguation, I created an article for it at street gutter. Please feel free to add any information you may have! PaladinWhite 19:31, 5 May 2007 (UTC)

Slang and Internet jargon[edit]

  • "Gutter" (adjective) or "the gutter" (noun), a dysphemism deriving from "street gutter" (see above), referring to poverty, homelessness, substance abuse, criminal activity, low social class, lack of education, and other "hard times", as in the phrases "you'll end up in the gutter" and "don't use gutter talk around the children"

I removed this entry from the disambiguation page because strictly speaking it is a dictionary entry and it does not link to a related article. According to the MOS, "Disambiguation pages are solely intended to allow users to choose among several Wikipedia articles, usually when a user searches for an ambiguous term." If you think there is an article in the slang use of the term gutter, then by all means write it and we can link it here. SilentC 02:25, 24 September 2007 (UTC)