Posted by Smokey Stover on January 11, 2006
In Reply to: Ten to the dozen posted by James Briggs on January 10, 2006
: : : : : I am trying to find out the meaning of the phrase "ten to the dozen", refering to speed, like when people say a child is "running fast and his little legs were going ten to the dozen". I thought it meant they were going really fast but 10 to the dozen seems inefficient to me. Can anyone explain? And the origin of the saying? Thanks.
: : : : A more frequently heard and more logical phrase is "sixteen to the dozen." I've never heard "ten to the dozen." SS
: : : The phrase I am familiar with is 'nineteen to the dozen' - I too am unfamiliar with 'ten to the dozen' which doesn't make any sense (unless that was the intention.)
: : : DFG
: : I, too, am familiar with 'nineteen to the dozen'
: If you go to our Archive at http://www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/30/messages/1736.html
: You'll find a previous discussion about 'nineteen to....'
: I too have never heard of '16 to the dozen'.
I was raised in a small backwoods town I call Tinyville. It was too poor to have 19 to the dozen, they could only afford 16. SS