to "run numbers"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Oct 3 19:49:00 UTC 2011

On Mon, Oct 3, 2011 at 2:57 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at> wrote:
> Long ago, to "run [the] numbers" meant to control or be an employee of an
> illegal "numbers game.".

"The boy had *potential*! Could run the numbers, didn't need pad nor prencil!"
-Richard Pryor

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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