Date: Thu, 14 Sep 1995 11:36:00 CDT From: Randy Roberts Subject: with a bullet I have checked in the cite files of Peter Tamony and Clarence Barnhart held here in Missouri. Each has a number of examples of bullet used in this sense from the mid-1970s to early 1980s. Includes examples of bulleting to the top and bulleted at the top, etc. The earliest example, however, is from Tom Wolfe's THE KANDY-KOLORED TANGERINE FLAKE STREAMLINE BABY of 1965. Tamony lifted a quote from page 62: "His latest record, 'You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin',' by the Righteous Brothers, rose from the 70's to No. 37 with a 'bullet' beside it ----- meaning 'going up fast'." Sorry, but I don't see anything which addresses the origin of the phrase. Randy Roberts University of Missouri-Columbia robertsr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]