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Sat Jun 15 01:12:55 UTC 2013
Benjamin Barrett wrote:
> In Wiktionary (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/c-note) and in a citation =
> in the OED under "benji," but no entry in the OED.=20
> On one hand, I think it's cool that JaVale's response to coming across =
> someone who could surely use a C-note more than he could is to peel one =
JL's Historical Dictionary of American Slang has an entry for "C note"
with a cite in 1930. Below is evidence for a cite in 1929. I think the
OED has been incorporating some material from HDAS over time.
C-note n. [C + NOTE] Gamb. a one-hundred-dollar bill.
1930 Liberty (Oct. 11) 30: We gave him five C notes and two tens.
1954 Schulberg Waterfront 8. He was always good for fifties and
C-notes peeled off the fat roll.
I think there is an instance of "C note" in 1929 in a Damon Runyon
short story. Runyon used the term repeatedly in his tales. The excerpt
below is from a short story in a collection at Project Gutenberg
Australia. The bibliographic data is from an entry in Oxford
Dictionary of Humorous Quotations This story is part of a group that
inspired the Frank Loesser musical “Guys and Dolls”.
1929 August, Cosmopolitan,
"A Very Honorable Guy" by Damon Runyon
'There is the big trouble,' Feet says. 'I owe The Brain a C note
already, and I am supposed to pay him back by four o'clock Monday
morning, and where I am going to get a hundred dollars I do not know,
to say nothing of the other ten I must give him for interest.'
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
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