Heard on The Judges: "go for the okey-doke" fall for the con

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 8 17:21:34 UTC 2009

Judge Milian:

"When did you discover that you had been scammed [by the used-car dealer]?"

Forty-ish, black male speaker:

"When I showed the paperwork to my wife. She asked why I had two
contracts, one for $4500.00 [the agreed-upon price of the car] and
another for $3870.00 [for made-up charges like dealer-prep, loan fees,
bank charges, etc.]. I looked and then I saw that I had _went for the

I was glad to hear that this bit of slang has passed down to another
generation. For a while, there, I was afraid  that the expression was
going to die with me.

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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