jack = 'quit; give up'

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Oct 12 04:25:50 UTC 2011

On Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 12:35 PM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
> When you "jack something up" you raise it "up."
> When you throw something up, you do the same thing.
> It's a kind of play on words.

Sorry. I missed the "up" in the original. Even so, it's still a very
deep pun. I couldn't "pull it out," as we used to say in the Security
Agency, WRT understanding what was being said in an intercepted voice
communication obscured by static and and such.

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

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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