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

Re: "a New York minute"? [Re: Fritz] #210897
05/13/13 10:38 AM
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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:

http://www.wordorigins.org/index.php/site/new_york_minute/

Re: "a New York minute"? [Re: Faldage] #210902
05/13/13 02:25 PM
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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

Re: "a New York minute"? [Re: jenny jenny] #210910
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The "free beer" is good for me!
Your's is the definition I've heard.


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