jack = 'quit; give up'

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Oct 13 03:08:06 UTC 2011

On Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 7:35 AM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
> it's "understood," so as to make my suggested etymology work out right.

I see. Nobody ever explained it to me that way, before!:-)

BTW, is this a literary use of the _fudge factor_ of the "hard"
sciences? I personally have found it to be quite handy, though I have
no word for it.

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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