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

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Fri Jan 14 16:56:14 UTC 2005

I guess some people were just too cheap to buy HDAS I....


Sam Clements <SClements at NEO.RR.COM> wrote:
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Sender: American Dialect Society
Poster: Sam Clements
Subject: Re: Query: "file 13" (throw sth. away)

There's a 1945 cite in the NY Times from a GI, saying

"1. War.
"(A) Lay off it, put it in File 13.

Together with a 1955 cite saying that File 13 is Pentagonese, and "deep six"
is Navy for the same thing, one concludes a military origin.


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