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#210893 - 05/13/13 01:37 AM "a New York minute"? Joined: May 2013
Posts: 1 Fritz
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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] Joined: Dec 2000
Posts: 13,803 Faldage
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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] Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 1,554 jenny jenny
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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!"
#210910 - 05/13/13 05:14 PM Re: "a New York minute"? [Re: jenny jenny] Joined: Jun 2008
Posts: 9,002 LukeJavan8
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Land of the Flat Water
The "free beer" is good for me!
Your's is the definition I've heard.
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