End of ADS-L Digest - 6 May 1994 to 7 May 1994 ********************************************** There are 13 messages totalling 302 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. case (4) 2. y'all (5) 3. Case quarter and Al Futrell 4. Case quarter, Anymore 5. DARE--failure to use 6. Getting DARE ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sun, 8 May 1994 08:35:25 EDT From: Al Futrell Subject: case One meaning of "case" that DARE does not include is "last." In relation to money, especially the instance of 'case' meaning 'dollar,' "case" refers to one's last dollar. Thus, a case dollar is one's last dollar, so when someone is down to his case dollar or down to his case or caser he is almost broke. "He took my case note" means he took my last dollar. This sense of "case" comes from gambling -- and Maurer (Language of the Underworld) and Clark (Dictionary of Gambling and Gaming) and Wentworth and Flexner (Dictionary of American Slang) and Goldin, O'Leary, and Lipsius (Dictionary of American Underworld Lingo) and even Farmer and Henley (Slang and its Analogues) include this sense of "case" even though it is missing in DARE. With regard to "case" suggesting unity, as in a case quarter rather than 5 nickels, in Kentucky I have often heard people ask for a "silver" dime when they want an actual dime and not just 10 cents. Assuming that "case" and "silver" are synonyms and noticing that DARE's examples of "case" for a coin of a particular denomination all come from the South, I am wondering how folks above the Mason-Dixon line refer to a particualr denomination of a coin. I ask this having grown up in Illinois and not remembering how I used to talk!