Query: "file 13" (throw sth. away)

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at RCI.RUTGERS.EDU
Fri Jan 14 06:58:53 UTC 2005

On Fri, 14 Jan 2005 00:17:09 -0500, Orion Montoya <gorion at GMAIL.COM> wrote:

>My cousin -- born (late 70s) and raised in Buckner, MO (outside Kansas
>City) -- has for several years had a band called File 13.  What I
>recall of his explanation of its usage referred mainly to stopping a
>discussion of intimately unpleasant topics -- say someone asked about
>the recent death of a relative, and you tried to be game but you get
>sick of talking about it, you'd say "let's put that under file 13."  I
>found that description unsatisfying but it was the best I could get.
>Oh, maybe he doesn't have that band anymore -- at least the domain
>file13.net is now taken by someone else, who calls it his "personal
>web trash bin".  whois gives a Michigan zip and area code.

There's also <http://file-13.com/>, a site for a postpunk record label.
More info here: <http://epitonic.com/labels/file13records.html>.

And I see that Allmusic.com lists a band named "File 13" whose single
"Taste So Good" hit #37 on the Billboard dance charts in 1984.

--Ben Zimmer

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