Date: Wed, 30 Oct 1996 14:05:16 -0600
From: Dan Goodman dsgood[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]VISI.COM
Subject: case coins--thanks
Thanks -- I've passed this along to the Stumpers list, where the
original question was asked.
I did have to "translate" DARE; otherwise, some of the people on that
list would probably have thought of the anti-drug group and a couple
might have wondered if it referred to a novel by Philip Jose Farmer.
And now I should probably find out where in North Carolina Wilson is.
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
"case quarter." No one who works here has ever heard this
_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.
dsgood[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]visi.com
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