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#210893 - 05/13/13 01:37 AM "a New York minute"?  
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Fritz Offline
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What's the definition of, and origin of, "a New York minute"?

#210897 - 05/13/13 10:38 AM Re: "a New York minute"? [Re: Fritz]  
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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 02:25 PM Re: "a New York minute"? [Re: Faldage]  
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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 05:14 PM Re: "a New York minute"? [Re: jenny jenny]  
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The "free beer" is good for me!
Your's is the definition I've heard.

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