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#210893 - 05/12/13 09:37 PM "a New York minute"?
Fritz Offline

Registered: 05/11/13
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What's the definition of, and origin of, "a New York minute"?

#210897 - 05/13/13 06:38 AM Re: "a New York minute"? [Re: Fritz]
Faldage Offline
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It's an instant. The classic definition is "the time between when the light turns green and the guy behind you honks his horn." Here's Wordorigins' take on the subject:


#210902 - 05/13/13 10:25 AM Re: "a New York minute"? [Re: Faldage]
jenny jenny Offline

Registered: 06/05/10
Posts: 1554
Loc: Lower Aberdeen, Mississippi
Could be but...

The complete phrase used in the South predates "Hereees Johnny" and is self-explanatory e.g. "Free beer? I'll be there in a New York minute and that ain't but thirty seconds!"
circa 1958

#210910 - 05/13/13 01:14 PM Re: "a New York minute"? [Re: jenny jenny]
LukeJavan8 Offline
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The "free beer" is good for me!
Your's is the definition I've heard.
----please, draw me a sheep----


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