Date: Fri, 6 May 1994 07:30:37 EDT
From: David Muschell dmuschel[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAIL.GAC.PEACHNET.EDU
Subject: Re: Case quarter
A colleague of mine has asked about the distribution and derivation of
the expression 'a case quarter' - as in, Do you have a case quarter?
Meaning, an actual quarter, as opposed to (say) two dimes and a nickel.
I myself don't recall ever having heard it before - the only thing
I could find in the OED that's even remotely plausible is 'case' with
tobacco, meaning 'in good physical condition', or 'case' in 'case-shot',
meaning 'shot, of the kind that comes in cases ... Any ideas?
-- Cathy Ball (cball[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]guvax.georgetown.edu)
Having taught in rural schools here in Georgia in the mid-70's, I also
found a common use of "Case dime" and "case nickel," meaning "encased" (ie.
not being two nickels, five pennies, or, in the quarter's "case," two dimes
and a nickel, etc.). It was a general request when students wanted an
appropriate coin for a telephone, Coke machine, candy machine... Having
been Atlanta-bred, when I first offered one student a variety of change
after the request, I was rebuffed with "No, a 'case' quarter!" as if I
should immediately know he wanted a whole coin.
--David Muschell (Georgia College)