The Round File
Posted by Brian from Shawnee on November 30, 2004
In Reply to: File 13 posted by ESC on November 30, 2004
: : What is the word origin for 'File 13'?
: : e.g. You're talking about the File 13.
: File 13 means the office trash can. "We'll put this document in File 13." I am guessing that "13" is used because it is an unlucky number.
Also called "the round file" because round is a popular shape for trash cans. Even though trash cans can be rectangular, just about the only thing in an office that's round is the trash can.
- The Round File Lee 30/November/04