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  • A cousin of the original eau-de-cologne, which term has since become generic. The name is derived from the street number of the house of the original manufacturer.

    In Irish English it's read as "four-seven-eleven"; according to Wikipedia, it's pronounced "fortyseven-eleven" or "Siebenundvierzigelf". Wikipedia also tells us that:

    The German Navy during World War II issued vast amounts of 4711 perfume to the submariners of the U-Boat fleet. As there were limited facilities and few opportunities for bathing, the perfume would be used in an attempt to improve the odour aboard the vessel. Crews typically didn't use much of the perfume and would take home bottles as presents for mothers, wives, or girlfriends.

    January 27, 2009

  • In Australia the marketing was also as "four-seven-eleven". I haven't seen or heard a 4711 ad in quite a monstrous while.

    January 27, 2009

  • Oh, I used to love that stuff. Looks as though it's still available, at least in the States.

    January 27, 2009

  • Wow! I used to wear 4711 all the time! I first found it in Germany, then in Ireland. I haven't seen it in the States...and haven't had any for eons!

    January 28, 2009

  • Oh, it's in the States for sure. That's where I've always gotten it.

    January 28, 2009

  • Prithee, r, share!

    January 28, 2009

  • I think if you click on the link in reesetee's previous comment, it brings up a site that sells it.

    January 28, 2009

  • *Confused fox still doesn't know whether certain Wordizens are male or female*

    January 28, 2009

  • The ambiguity is intentional, sionnach. I actually have a theory about reesetee: it's just a fictional character from a screenplay by chained_bear.

    Or vice versa.

    January 28, 2009

  • *shows confused fox a couple of anatomically correct dolls*

    Oh, all right—I'll come right out and say it. Sionnach, I'm female!

    January 28, 2009