[Ads-l] the over-under

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Fri Aug 19 21:43:39 UTC 2016

Back in 2012 I posted a note on the movement of "over-under" from a term
used in sports betting to one used in general discourse.
Having forgotten that I had already posted such a note in 2011.


On Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 12:40 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> This past week I've heard the phrase "the over-under" several times on
> cable news.
> Ex.: "So what's the over-under? What happens?"
> Seems to mean "reliable inside information; lowdown."
> Wikipedia shows its clear origin in sports betting.
> JL
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George A. Thompson
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Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998..

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