Heard on "Judge Mathis": [Inz] "money"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue May 7 00:52:00 UTC 2013

On May 6, 2013, at 8:22 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:

> HDAS, based on print, opts for "ends."
> (Maybe because you have to make 'em meet?)
> JL

Some people are apparently trying to make their ins meet:

Is this a game to you all? I'm barely making ins meet, and all you want to do is belittle people who disagree with your view. Just because we are concerned about how high our taxes are does not make us evil people. We pay taxes, plenty of taxes, believe you me.

The lower class or people within the poverty line barely making ins meet, will easily outnumber the rich at the polls.

If yes, we can help you get your life on track and help you secure a future for yourself and family so that you can retire without having to work a part-time job.

Not a huge number, but some.  And as they say, the ins justify the means.

> On Mon, May 6, 2013 at 7:21 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
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>> Subject:      Heard on "Judge Mathis": [Inz] "money"
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>> A gigolo being for the recovery of money is explaining to JM that he can't
>> mount a proper defense for fear of embarrassing his patron.
>> The Judge replies to the effect that
>> "I know you don't want to be doing nothing like that, 'cause you want to be
>> able to go back and get you some more of them _[Inz]_ from her!"
>> I've heard [Inz} used to mean "money" since I was a child. But, for the
>> obvious reason of the problem of slang compounded by dialect, I have no
>> idea whether the word is "ends" or "ins," since semantic development is
>> nugatory in either case. Money is the means to any _end. Money gets you
>> _in_. At the _end_ of a job, you get money. Money _in_ your pocket. The
>> means are your_ends_. With _ins_ you don't worry about being on the outs.
>> UD has both _ends_ and _ins_ as "money." Quelle surprise! One poster
>> asserts "< make ends (meet)."
>> As good a WAG as any other.
>> This was one of the few times that I've found anything ancient in UD that's
>> also relatively rare, to the extent that I was surprised Mathis used [inz],
>> he being much younger than I and it was never as hip as, e.g. _bread_.
>> Google has nothing old enough to provide evidence for an etymology.
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