Date: Fri, 6 May 1994 07:30:37 EDT From: David Muschell 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] 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)