Michael Quinion wordseditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Tue Dec 21 09:31:05 UTC 2004

A subscriber asks about "bennies", the slang term for summer visitors
along the Atlantic Coast of New Jersey. Does anyone have any firm
knowledge of where it comes from? I have assumed that two supposed
origins in initialisms are spurious.

Michael Quinion
Editor, World Wide Words
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