flips and gasmeters
Douglas G. Wilson
douglas at NB.NET
Tue Mar 6 23:04:58 UTC 2001
>... Slim answers "I lay a couple of flips on ya, that's a killer?" Slam
>says "I need a couple of gasmeters".
I can't find any trace of either of these words.
Here are my unsupported speculations.
"Flip" should be a contraction of "flipper", taken as equivalent to "fin" =
"five-dollar bill". Maybe this was less arcane at the time.
I don't think coin-operated gasmeters were ever usual in the US (though
they may have existed). I think when one pictures a gasmeter he pictures a
meter face with three or four little circles ... so "gasmeter" should be a
big bill, with a row of zeroes ... probably a $1000 bill -- or "G-note"
("G" for "gasmeter" of course).
-- Doug Wilson
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