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Same old 76

Posted by RRC on September 20, 2008 at 18:10

In Reply to: Same old 76 posted by John on September 19, 2008 at 07:17:

: What does the phrase "same old 76" mean? What is going on? Or, "how are you doing?" Ans: "same old 76". Some say it is an old railroad reference. I don't think it refers to Shakespeare's Sonnet 76.

It appears that the phrase was originally "same old seven and six" where 7 + 6 = 13 = bad or no luck. As an answer to "how are you doing" it's roughly equivalent to "same old thing" or "same old same old" - I have nothing new or exciting to say - same as always.