Date: Tue, 29 Oct 1996 15:55:55 -0500
From: Jesse T Sheidlower jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PANIX.COM
Subject: Re: case Ucoin~
Hello! How good is anyone out there with dialect and/or slang
questions? This is not for a patron, just for the curiosity (and
adding of knowledge) of the librarians here. Several of our patrons
use the term "case nickel" or "case quarter" when asking for change.
For example, someone will give us two dimes and a nickel and ask for a
"case quarter." No one who works here has ever heard this expression
_DARE_ has an entry for this, defined as "A coin of a particular
denomination as against the same amount of money comprised of
several coins," with cites back to 1954. It's identified as chiefly
South Carolina, with additional informants from Alabama and Georgia.
I have only heard it personally in the last several years, generally
from black informants.
Random House Reference
jester[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]panix.com