Date: Sat, 22 Jun 1996 16:13:14 -0400

From: "Bethany K. Dumas" dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UTK.EDU

Subject: Re: To drop a dime on someone

On Sat, 22 Jun 1996, M. Lynne Murphy responded to william king, who said:

Another dime phone reference comes from a friend of mine in his late 40's

who'll end long long distance calls that I place with "The next one's on

my dime."

in my experience, this has been "nickel", which i mostly hear from

a friend in his 30s. e.g., "let me call you back on my nickel."

I always hear "my nickel."


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